7 of the Most Prevalent Dental Implant Mistakes People Make

For individuals who are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can be the best treatment option available. Dental implant surgery replaces the tooth’s complete structure below and above the gum line. 

This is crucial as without tooth replacement, you might experience bone loss in the jaw. Bone loss in the jaw, while seemingly harmless, might lead to other dental issues down the road. 

Dental implants work by bonding with and stimulating the bone in the jaw to prevent bone loss and other associated dental issues. However, most people are not aware of many of the essentials of dental implants.

For instance, not many are aware of the dental implant cost, what the procedure requires, what it is for, etc. What’s even worse if even those who are about to get dental implants are not aware of the mistakes to avoid to warrant dental implant success.  

Seven Dental Implant Mistakes You Should Avoid

Mistake #01: Going for offers that are unrealistic.

Many candidates for dental implants often go online to search for places where they can get the procedure done. However, it is unfortunate to note that many get duped into picking dental implant deals that are unrealistic.

Case in point: to entice patients, some clinics offer really huge discounts. Others also offer a very low price for the procedure. Unfortunately, most have hidden charges or others provide a mediocre service.

As a general rule of thumb, don’t go for the cheapest option right away. While it can save you money now, it might cause problems in the future which might be costly to fix.

Mistake #02: Not allowing enough time for recovery

After getting dental implants, it is important that enough time is given for the mouth to heal and recover and for the implants to attach firmly to the bones in the jaw. The implant needs to fuse with the jawbones accordingly so there won’t be any issues later on.

However, if you brush your teeth immediately after the implants have been placed, or eat chewy or hard foods, you might hinder the proper healing and fusing of the implants. This might lead to implant failure if you are not cautious.

Mistake #03: Assuming you are not qualified for dental implants

Understandably, you might not agree with all the dentist has to recommend. In similar instances, don’t shy away from getting a second opinion. For instance, if you think dental implants might be a good option but your dentist says no, consider getting a second opinion so you can better weigh the options available for you.

Mistake #04: Not working with an experienced dentist

If you don’t do enough research, you can end up working with a dentist that’s not experienced enough when it comes to the dental implant procedure. To avoid a similar situation from happening, set aside time to do proper research. 

It would also be a good idea to ask friends and loved ones if they can recommend someone. Since a dental implant procedure is a long and costly process, it is crucial that you only work with a seasoned dentist you completely trust.

Mistake #05: Not following the instructions provided by the dentist

You are setting yourself up for dental failure if you disregard the instructions provided by your dentist. Given that it’s looked after accordingly, dental implants can last for a very long time. With that said, follow the instructions of your dentist strictly so you’ll enjoy your dental implants for many years.

Mistake #06: Going for dental implants that are of inferior quality

While dental implants that are of inferior quality are understandably cheaper, they’re not the best choice if you want your implants to last for years. If you want implants that provide the best fit and to last for a really long time, you need to invest in the best one you can find. Your dentist can give you proper recommendations, so don’t hesitate to ask.

Mistake #07: Not taking proper care of the dental implants.

To ensure your dental implants last for the longest time, you have to take care of it like you would your natural teeth. Fortunately, looking after your dental implants is not rocket science.

Brushing your teeth properly and twice a day and visiting your dentist regularly can already go a long way towards ensuring your implants last for a very long time.

 

Dr. Gerald Tan
drgeraldtan@gmail.com


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