5 Misconceptions About Dental Implants

September 29, 2022by Thomas Gonzales D.D.S.0

Known for their functionality, comfort and aesthetics, dental implants are widely considered the best alternative for restoring damaged or missing natural teeth because they are customized to fit both the look and feel of your natural smile. The fact they are securely fixed to the jawbone means they won’t move or slip out as false teeth do. They are the best solution to replace missing teeth. In fact, dental implants have a 98% success rate.

There are a lot of misconceptions about dental implants. False information could cause you to miss out on getting the best treatment to enable you to regain a beautiful smile and better oral function. Let’s look at the most common myths about dental implants.

Misconception #1: Dental Implants Are Painful

Many patients do not choose dental implants because of the fear of the pain associated with them. At Sedation and Implant Dentists, you will not experience any pain as our expert dentist, Thomas Gonzales D.D.S. will provide IV Sedation to relax you and make the procedure painless. In fact, you will have no memory of the surgery. Dr. Gonzales is highly skilled and uses latest technologies so that the implant is placed precisely with less trauma and faster healing.

Misconception #2: Dental Implants Don’t Last

Dental implants are an investment you make to receive the best solution to replace your missing teeth and dentures. Traditional crowns and bridges used to replace missing teeth typically last only 7 to 10 years whereas the implants last for much longer. Dentures wobble in your mouth and do not allow you to chew anything with your front teeth. Over a period of time, they become loose since the bone beneath is worn out and the denture needs to be replaced. Dental Implants preserve your bone structure and have a 98% success rate. We see our patients who have received dental implants more than 20 years ago and they still look as good as new.

Misconception #3: Dental Implants Don’t Look Natural

Dental Implants look just like your natural teeth, if they are done correctly. Every prosthetic that we place over an implant is created in our own dental laboratory by our technicians with utmost care and perfection, specifically tailored for a particular individual. Dr. Gonzales works very closely with our dental lab technicians to ensure that you receive the most natural looking restoration that perfectly matches your other teeth. People will not believe it’s not your natural tooth!

Misconception #4: Dental Implants Aren’t Safe

Dental Implants have a 98% success rate and is considered to have one of the highest success rates among all dental procedures. Like every surgical procedure, there are some risk of failure, however, we assess all the risks of your particular needs and plan the surgery accordingly to ensure the highest success rate. Dental Implants prevent bone loss, restore proper chewing ability leading to overall oral health, better diet and general health.

Misconception #5: Dental Implants Are Only For Few People

There are very few people in whom dental implants cannot be placed due to various health concerns. Most people can be successfully treated with dental implants to restore their smile. If you do not have enough bone, our dentist will use zygomatic implants providing complete support and stability to the implant. Dental implants are good treatment options sometimes offered in these cases.

If you are missing teeth or want to replace your removable dentures with a fixed prosthesis, call us at (626) 872-6352 to schedule a consultation.


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by Thomas Gonzales D.D.S.

Thomas Gonzales D.D.S. is a Los Angeles dentist with advanced training in dental implants. He has 46 years’ experience and is licensed in IV Sedation. Dr. Gonzales has taught courses worldwide on dental implants including for Noris Medical, Nobel, Neodent, LVI Global and Dental Implant Institute. He was a professor of IV Sedation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine and a neuromuscular dentistry instructor for Loma Linda Medical Center. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Gonzales is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. He served in the United States Army and is a Vietnam War Veteran.

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