Common Myths Associated With Dental Implants For Young Adults

24 March 2023
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

Are you considering a dental implant to replace a missing tooth? As a young adult, you may have heard a few common myths associated with this type of smile restoration procedure. Thankfully, many myths have no truth behind them. Take a look at a few of the most common myths associated with young adults and dental implants and the actual truths you should know.

Myth: Young adults are not the best candidates for dental implants. 

Young adults are actually better candidates than older adults for dental implants in most cases. Younger adults are less likely to have issues with gum disease or their health that can slow the healing of gum tissue after the implant is placed. Therefore, there is a greater likelihood of the procedure being a full success. 

Myth: If you get an implant as a young adult, it will have to be replaced multiple times. 

Dental implants can last a lifetime. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that you will need to have the implant itself replaced no matter your age when you get the procedure. However, the crown that is fitted atop the implant may wear down over the years and need to be replaced. Generally speaking, crowns can last for many years before they need to be replaced. However, this can vary depending on your chewing habits, the position of the crown, and even the type of material the crown is made from. 

Myth: You can't get a dental implant if you need orthodontic treatment.

You can get braces or undergo orthodontic treatment with an implant. The only difference is, braces will not move the position of the implant. Therefore, if you are planning to get braces in the near future, discuss your plans with the dentist. The dentist will make sure the implant is placed in a way that the position will not need to change during smile alignment. When you have your braces installed, the rest of your natural teeth will simply be shifted into position to complement the implant. 

Myth: Dental implants look strange on a young adult. 

Once a dental implant has healed and the crown is placed, you cannot tell the difference between the artificial tooth and the rest of your natural teeth. Therefore, there should be no concerns about an implant altering your natural smile in a way that looks artificial. By contrast, the implant will make your natural smile look more complete. 

Reach out to a dentist to learn more about dental implants.