Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

Correcting Misconceptions about Dental Implants

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If your natural smile has been compromised due to decay or other damage, having dental implants placed can be an excellent alternative.

Although millions of dental patients across the country turn to implants to help correct aspects of their smiles, many misconceptions about dental implants still exist.

Below, Dr. Matthews discusses several common misconceptions about dental implants:

Implants Look Bulky, Ugly, or Otherwise Fake

Because the purpose of dental implants is to take the place of natural teeth, one concern from patients we commonly hear is that they do not want their dental implants to be obviously fake. Contrary to this common concern, dental implants are made with high-quality, tooth-colored porcelain, which means even up close, it is difficult to distinguish real teeth from implants. If you are concerned about the appearance of your dental implants, contact our Wilmington office to discuss your options. 

Implants Are Not a Good Substitution for Natural Teeth

Preserving natural teeth is always our priority, but sometimes a natural tooth or an area of the mouth is simply beyond saving. Dental implants offer a sturdy, durable and aesthetically attractive alternative to teeth, and they are designed to mimic the functionality of your natural bite. If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants are one of the best treatment options available to you. 

You Cannot Have Good Oral Hygiene with Dental Implants

Contrary to popular belief, dental implants can actually help you maintain and even improve your dental hygiene routine. Implants can be flossed around and brushed just as your natural teeth can, and because they are permanently in your mouth, you do not have to worry about food getting trapped or bacteria building up in gaps as often happens when teeth are missing.

If you are considering dental implants in Wilmington, DE, Dr. Matthews and his team are available to answer your questions at (302) 475-9220.