Myths about dental implants debunked

Have you heard that oral implants fall out?


When you come to us for dental implants Harley Street, our team can advise you on your suitability for oral implants, advise you on how best to take care of them and will straighten out any myths or mistruths that you have read online.

Here, we take a look at some of the most prevalent myths that surround dental implants Harley Street, so you can learn the truth about his procedure. Enjoy!

Myth 1 – oral implants don’t last long

With the correct aftercare and oral hygiene, dental implants Harley Street can easily last up to and over 15 years.

That means seeing our team biannually for checkups, brushing twice a day and staying on top of issues such as gum disease.

Myth 2 – you can get implants abroad for cheaper

Technically, this isn’t a myth, but we have included it in this list for a reason.

In short, the reason oral implants are offered to patients for cheaper abroad is linked to the tools and experience that is put into them. At Harley Street, we always use the latest technology and equipment to ensure that your implants are fitted properly and that they will last. If you find oral implants abroad for a lower price, chances are that their longevity is not going to be as good, so it is best avoided altogether.

Myth 3 – implants are uncomfortable

Some people assume that having oral implants fitted is going to be uncomfortable.

Rest assured that when our team at Harley Street Dental fits them, you will be completely numbed and won’t feel any discomfort.

However, once you are at home, any discomfort (which should feel no worse than a dental extraction) should be manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as paracetamol. If you have issues coping with the level of discomfort that accompanies your oral implant fitting, please contact our team.

Myth 4 – implants are for older people

There is an idea that people who have oral implants tend to be older, and may be looking for a way to replace the use of dentures.

And whilst it is true that oral implants have made an impact on that particular dental demographic, many younger people have also noticed the advantages of this restorative procedure.

So, as long as you are over the age of 18 and have good oral and physical health, you will probably be a suitable candidate for oral implants.

Myth 5 – anyone can have implants

We wish this were true, but sadly, it isn’t!

The most common type of oral implant used in dentistry today is the endosteal implant.

And, as such, some requirements need to be met for you to be fitted with this implant. For instance, you need to have good overall oral health and a good amount of healthy jawbone, which our team will determine by using an x-ray to get a better look at your jaw.

And finally, you need to have good overall general health; many conditions can prevent oral implants from fusing correctly. Furthermore, if you have an autoimmune condition, then the medications you take may prevent your implants from fusing. Similarly, if you have an illness such as osteoporosis, then it can be more difficult for implants to not only fuse but also stay in place for the desired time. If you have any concerns that a health condition could impact you having oral implants fitted, please talk to our team.