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3 Common Misconceptions About Dental Implants

Not only have we been carrying out dental implants in Richmond for many years now, but in fact dental implants themselves have been around for over 40 years, so they are certainly not a new fad or a procedure which is being tested out.  Although they have grown hugely in popularity there are still 3 misconceptions which we hear prospective patients describing all the time:

Dental implants hurt

  • Dental implants are expensive

  • Dental implants take a very long time

Let’s take a look at these common misconceptions:


Dental implants hurt

Not true! In all of our time placing dental implants in Richmond most of our patients have told us that the process was far easier than they ever thought. There are three factors which will predict whether or not you will feel any pain and that is:


1. The ease or complexity of your unique situation; 2. Your ability to heal; and 3. How skilful and well trained your dentist is.


Pain shouldn’t be a factor in deciding whether to go ahead with dental implants. Instead you should opt for the best treatment for you. Typically any discomfort you feel following dental implant surgery can be eased with over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol or Ibuprofen. We often recommend IV sedation as this too helps with post operative pain.


Dental implants are expensive

This again is false. The long-term cost of an implant compared to a dental bridge which will need replacing every 7-15 years is considerably lower. Your dental implant is likely to never need replacing. In addition to have a bridge installed requires for 2 healthy teeth either side of the gap to be ground down to almost nothing. This alone makes money on a dental implant well spent.


Dental implants take a very long time

False – On average a dental implant takes between 3-4 months whereas a bridge takes 3-6 weeks. It’s not a lot longer for a procedure which offers a permanent solution to missing teeth. A bone graft may extend the length of time that your treatment takes but again it’s a small sacrifice to make for the benefits you’ll achieve. In addition, we can supply you with a false tooth or teeth so you’re not left walking around with a toothless gap during the healing process.


If you’d like to learn more about having a dental implant in Richmond and find out whether you are in fact a suitable candidate, then Sheen Dental offers a free no-obligation consultation where you can meet Dr Harmit Kalsi and his team, get any questions answered and take a tour of the premises. Call us today on 020 8876 5277 to book your appointment or alternatively you can make an appointment online at www.sheendental.co.uk.

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