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Are you hesitating getting a dental implant to restore your smile but are putting it off due to fears about dental implants? We understand that some patients are hesitant because of myths concerning dental implants. Today we are going to assuage your fears by addressing some common dental implant myths so that you can feel confident about getting the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve!

Myth # 1 

Dental implants are painful”

Since dental implant placement is a surgical procedure, there is some discomfort and pain, but typically the discomfort is not much worse than having a tooth extracted. Dr. Daniel Cannon and his team will ensure that you are as comfortable during the procedure as possible, offering anesthetic options to suit your needs.

Myth #2

Dental implants can be rejected or even fall out”

Since dental implants are made from biocompatible materials such as titanium, your body won’t reject it. In a small percentage of patients, a dental implant may fail to bond with the jawbone, loosen or fall out. But according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, dental implants have an overall success rate of 95 percent.

Myth #3

“Dental implants are too expensive”

While dental implants cost more than dentures or dental bridges initially, in the long run they are actually more cost-effective. This is because implant-based dental restorations last longer than dentures or bridges. Your dental implant can last 25 years, as contrasted with dental bridges which have a lifespan of seven to ten years, and dentures five to ten years.

Myth #4

 “Any dental provider can do an implant, so shop for the best price”

You may be tempted to have an implant done by a discount dental implant center, but like anything else, you do get what you pay for. You wouldn’t want to get a discounted face lift or eye surgery, so you want the same high standards for your smile. A discount provider of dental implants may leave you with sub-standard results by using less experienced staff, outdated equipment or even poor quality materials to save money. Considering you want your implant to last, you want quality work done using quality materials by an experienced provider. Dr. Daniel Cannon and his team will ensure that your dental implant is the highest quality possible.

Myth #5

“Dental implants are only for healthy young people”

Dental implants can only be done when jaw growth is complete, but once that happens you can have a dental implant restoration successfully performed up into your 90s. Although certain health conditions may be problematic–such as active gum disease, bleeding disorders, uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension–most health issues which are treated and controlled will allow you to be a viable dental implant candidate.

Now that you have the scoop on dental implant myths, we hope you will feel confident about receiving the dental implant restoration you need. At Cannon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Daniel Cannon and his team are proud to offer quality dental work for your beautiful, healthy smile. You can reach our teams at one of three convenient office locations in Tulsa, Pryor, and Claremore, Oklahoma.