Fact or Fiction: Popular Misconceptions about Dental Implants

Dental implants continue to grow in popularity as the most effective long-term treatment for tooth loss. With no age limit on treatment, more than half a million people get one or more dental implants every year. Over the years Dr. Vargas has helped countless patients restore their smile with beautiful implant restorations.

Here are some fascinating facts about these amazing smile-restoring advancements:

1. Goodbye Cavities

Dental implants do not get cavities. Unlike the teeth you were born with, modern implants do not decay. However, that does not mean you can slack off with your daily oral hygiene. Bacteria and food particles still need to be brushed away to maintain healthy gums.

2. To Infinity and Beyond

Believe it or not, dental implants are made of the same material as the space shuttles, rockets, and missiles. The strength of titanium is unquestioned and well suited for tooth replacement. If you ever take a trip to space, your smile will be fully equipped to handle whatever comes.

3. Planting New Roots

The process of osseointegration allows the titanium in your implant to biologically fuse with your bone, spurring bone growth to strengthen your jawbone. You are not just getting a beautiful tooth replacement; you are essentially planting new roots into your jaw that will help maintain your facial shape.

4. Sticking Around

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. A dental bridge relies on your natural teeth remaining healthy and cavity-free to keep working correctly. Dentures wear down and need regular adjustments and replacements. Typically, dental implants provide a permanent solution.

5. Biting Power

Dental implants restore your full bite force. While dentures may only provide less than half of your natural teeth’s power, your bite strength with implants allows you to eat what you love. No shifting. No pain. No worries.

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