Debunking Dental Implant Myths – 5 Facts You Need To Know

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We’ve heard our fair share of dental implant myths ranging from downright ridiculous to what we would regard as frightening for anyone considering dental implant treatment. 

Restorative dentistry, whether it be repairing or replacing missing or damaged teeth can seem a big deal, and the very mention of dental implants can sometimes raise various worries.

We believe our patients should be armed with as much knowledge as possible before committing to a major dental decision. Trust us as we separate the facts from the fiction surrounding dental implants, providing accurate information to reassure you on your implant journey. So let’s get started as we go and bust some myths.

5 Of The Most Common Dental Implant Myths Debunked


It’s true that the initial cost of dental implants is generally more than that of a traditional bridge or denture. However, due to their longevity and health benefits such as retaining the integrity of the jaw bone, implants can be more cost-effective in the long run.

Unlike conventional dentures and bridges that need regular replacement, a dental implant can last 15 years or more with good oral care.

Nowadays, dental insurance generally covers a small portion of the total cost of implants. The percentage of reimbursement varies by procedure and there may be a dollar cap on reimbursement per calendar year or a lifetime cap for a specific procedure.

With dental insurance, you can expect to be reimbursed around $1,500 per implant annually. If your implant treatment extends over two calendar years, you might be eligible for reimbursement for both years.

Most dental practices also offer financing options to spread the costs over several months or years to make implants more affordable for everyone.


Another common misconception is that dental implants are painful. While we can say this is not the case regarding the dental implant procedure itself, patients may experience some degree of discomfort following their surgery.

Understanding the dental implant process

Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone via a quick surgical procedure. These metal posts act as foundations for artificial teeth, allowing your dentist to attach replacement teeth securely. Due to recent advancements in dental technology, the implant process is now much less invasive and utilizes more precise instruments. Patients can expect minimal discomfort during the procedure, thanks to the availability of numbing agents and sedation options.

Managing pain after surgery

Following the placement of your implants, over-the-counter painkillers are typically sufficient for managing any discomfort. Many patients are pleasantly surprised by the minimal pain they feel, often comparing it to the recovery from a tooth extraction.

Implant dentistry prioritizes patient comfort, employing advanced techniques like computer-guided surgery to improve precision and reduce post-operative pain and swelling.


To say implants require a lot of maintenance is another of the dental implant myths that couldn’t be further from the truth. Once fusion has occurred between the implant and the surrounding bone, it provides a stable foundation to support a dental crown, bridge or denture.

Because implants are fixed permanently into the mouth, there’s no need to remove them to relax your gums and no messy adhesives to keep them in place. You can wave goodbye to the embarrassment of dentures that slip or fall out of the mouth and bridges that wobble.

Dental implants are simply cared for in the same way as natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing and, of course, regular dental check-ups. It couldn’t be easier.


Tooth loss is more prevalent among the elderly making dental implants an attractive replacement option owing to their durability and longevity, but by no means are they exclusive to this age group.

Dental implants can transform the lives of adults of all ages who have lost one or more teeth due to periodontal disease, injury or other reasons. Teens  (whose jaws have stopped growing) tend to heal faster with fewer complications, making dental implants an excellent investment for their long-term oral health.

Young adults, in particular, benefit from dental implants since they restore confidence, full bite functionality and esthetics, preventing bone loss and lowering the risk of further dental issues.


Dental implants come in either titanium or zirconia, positioned within your jawbone. As they integrate with the bone, they emulate the strength, structure, and look of natural teeth. We use Straumann BLX implants, which are probably the best on the market, for their versatility and predictability.

We also mill our own dental crowns paying meticulous attention to their shape, fit and color, allowing for a seamless match with your natural teeth while reaping all the advantages. Whether speaking or chewing, the implant feels just like a natural tooth.

Your Stress-Free Path To Dental Implants

We’re here for you along every step of your dental implant journey, combining technical expertise with compassionate care.

Together, we’ll craft a personalized treatment strategy that rejuvenates your smile and boosts your confidence, free from the misconceptions and dental implant myths that might sway your choices.

Interested in changing your smile for the better? Call Mint Dental at (907) 318-1560 or use our online booking service.

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