Board Certified Periodontist, Dr. Scott O. Kissel

6 Common Misconceptions About Dental Implants

Dr Kissel explaining dental implants to a patient at his Manhattan periodontal office

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Dental implants have become a popular dental procedure for restoring missing, decaying or damaged teeth. Despite their popularity, there are still misconceptions about dental implants that may discourage people from receiving the treatment they need. Dr Kissel has been performing dental implant procedures for over 25 years and would like to address some of the most common misconceptions about dental implants and provide you with accurate and up-to-date information so you can make an informed decision about whether dental implants may be the right option for you. 

Common Misconceptions

There are misconceptions about dental implant procedures being painful, expensive, or that implants don’t last long, and require special care. Our goal is to educate you about dental implants, their benefits and their importance in helping you maintain your oral health.

Misconception #1: Getting Dental Implants is Painful

One of the most common misconceptions about dental implant procedures is that they are painful. While it is true that any dental procedure can be invasive and cause some discomfort, dental implants are not as painful as people think. Most patients report only mild discomfort during and after the procedure. Additionally, dentists use local anaesthesia to numb the area around the implant, making the procedure more comfortable. 

What’s more, Dr Kissel performs microsurgery for implant placement with the aid of a highly specialized and powerful microscope, using micro-instruments. He also uses a 3-dimensional printer to create a customized surgical guide for each patient to assist him in gaining the most accuracy possible. Consequently, he is able to make smaller less invasive incisions without stitches compared to the larger, more painful incisions of traditional dental implant surgery. This sophisticated dental implant procedure notably increases precision, reduces trauma to the tissues, decreases healing time, and improves aesthetic results. 

Misconception #2: Dental Implant Surgery is Risky

The possibility that your dental implant surgery may fail is incredibly small. In fact, the success rate of dental implants is a staggering 98%, making them a reliable and trustworthy option for anyone seeking a permanent solution to their tooth loss. 

With such impressive statistics, it’s no wonder that more and more people are opting for dental implants. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, in 2020, about 3 million people in the U.S. replace their missing teeth with dental implants each year. The risk of peri-implantitis can be minimized when your dental implant specialist uses the latest surgical techniques and high-quality implants with years of proven clinical success. As a periodontist who has performed thousands of implant procedures in New York City, Dr Kissel uses the most advanced microsurgical techniques, 3D surgical guides, and the most researched and tested implant systems available on the market from Straumann and Nobel Biocare. Using such advanced techniques and studied implants for your surgery, he helps give you an edge in achieving long-lasting implant success.

Misconception #3: Dental Implants are Expensive

Another misconception about dental implants is that they are expensive. While, initially, dental implants can be more expensive than other tooth replacement procedures, they are a long-term solution that can save you money in the long run. Dental implants can last for decades or even a lifetime if they are properly installed and cared for. This means that you won’t have to replace them as frequently as other dental restorations such as dentures that need re-fitting or readjusting. 

Misconception #4: Dental Implants Don’t Last Long

Some people believe that dental implants don’t last long and may require frequent replacement. However, this is not true. Dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution, and as we have mentioned, they can last a lifetime. This is because the implant itself is made of titanium, a material that is durable and compatible with the human body. The crown or bridge attached to the implant is typically made of porcelain or another durable material that can withstand normal wear and tear.

Regular checkups, proper oral hygiene, and timely treatment of any periodontal issues can mitigate risks of implant failure, like peri-implantitis, and prolong the lifespan of your implants. Remember that even if issues arise down the road, experienced NYC dental implant specialists like Dr Kissel know how to handle them effectively in order to protect your dental implants.

Misconception #5: Dental Implants Require Special Care

It is also believed that dental implants may require special care. However, one of the benefits of dental implants is that they can be cared for just like your natural teeth. You can continue to practise your oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing your implants regularly to remove any plaque or bacteria that can cause gum disease or other oral health problems. It is also important for you to schedule regular dental check-ups to ensure that your gums and implants are in good condition.

Misconception #6: Dental Implants are Only for Young People

Many people believe that dental implants are only suitable for young people. However, the truth is that dental implants can be a great solution for people of all ages who have lost one or more teeth. As long as the patient has sufficient jawbone density and healthy gums, they can be a candidate for dental implants. But even if their jawbone density is not ideal, periodontal procedures like bone grafts or sinus lifts can offer most individuals the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of dental implants. 

The success of dental implant procedures relies on careful consideration of your overall health. Thanks to Dr Kissel’s utilization of less invasive, easier and faster microsurgery techniques, it is especially beneficial for older patients who may have a weaker immune system and require additional time to heal. Ultimately, age should not be a significant factor in determining your candidacy for dental implants, as long as your health is stable.

Consult with an NYC Dental Implant Specialist

Dental implants are a reliable and long-lasting solution for missing teeth that can restore your smile and confidence, as well as enhance your quality of life and oral health. If you’re considering getting dental implants, you should book a consultation with Dr Kissel at his Manhattan periodontal office located between E 52nd St. and E 53rd St. He will discuss your options and address any concerns you may have. With the right information and guidance, you can make an informed decision about dental implants and enjoy a healthy and confident smile for years to come.

So don’t let the common misconceptions about dental implants hold you back from restoring your smile. Do your research, consult with experienced and qualified implant specialists like Dr Kissel, and take the first step towards a better quality of life with dental implants.

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