Setting the Record Straight about Dental Implants
By now, many people have heard of dental implants, but they may not understand exactly what they are or how they work.
Recently, a group of researchers surveyed patients at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry to get an idea of how much the patients knew about implants. The goal was to gauge public awareness and knowledge about dental implants.
What the Study Showed
Two groups of patients were studied, and the results were published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The first group of patients were at the clinic seeking implant treatment; the second was there for general dental treatment.
As you might guess, the patients who were preparing for implant placement were more knowledgeable than those who were not. The study shows that many people know that dental implants replace teeth but not the details of how they work and what’s involved with the procedure.
Here are some of the misconceptions they identified:
- Dental implants are new and untested – You may have only recently heard of implants, but the fact is that they have been in use in the US for nearly 50 years and have demonstrated a 95% success rate.
- Dental implants are made of porcelain – A dental implant is made of titanium that is readily accepted by the body. But the misconception is understandable because part of the implant that will be visible and provide function is usually made of porcelain.
- Only a specialist can place an implant – Many dental schools offer courses in implantology, and dentists can also seek advanced training. While there are exceptions, most implant placement can be done by a trained dentist under local anesthesia.
Have Implant Questions? Call Us!
If you would like more information about dental implants in Orangeburg, NY, please call Premier Dental. Dr. Craig Aronson has been placing dental implants for decades, and he is an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, a credential achieved by less than two percent of all dentists.
Please call our office, and we would be happy to arrange a consultation!