Are you considering getting a dental procedure, but feel like you don’t have enough information? Or perhaps you’ve heard stories from friends and family that have left you feeling unsure about what to expect. In this article, we’ll be debunking 6 myths about common dental procedures so that you can make an informed decision about your oral health!
It’s no secret that many of us are afraid of the dentist. In fact, studies show that up to 75% of Americans experience some level of dental anxiety. And while it’s perfectly normal to feel a little nervous about getting your teeth checked or cleaned, there are some myths about dental procedures that can make the experience even more daunting.
At Smiles By Design, we want to help our patients feel as comfortable as possible when they come to see us. That’s why we’re debunking some of the most common myths about dental procedures:
1: Dental Procedures Are Painful
One of the most common misconceptions about dental procedures is that they’re incredibly painful. However, this simply isn’t true! Thanks to advances in technology and anesthesia, most dental procedures are completely pain-free. And if you do happen to feel any discomfort during your procedure, our team will do everything they can to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible.
2: Dental Procedures Are Expensive
Another common myth about dental procedures is that they’re incredibly expensive. While some procedures can be costly, there are many ways to make dental care more affordable. For example, many insurance plans cover at least a portion of the cost of routine dental care, and there are several financing options available for those who need assistance paying for their procedure.
1: Root Canals are Painful
Root canals are not painful. In fact, they’re often the best way to relieve pain from a tooth that’s been damaged or infected. The procedure involves numbing the tooth and surrounding area so you won’t feel any discomfort. Once the numbing wears off, you may experience some soreness, but it’s nothing that can’t be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications.
2: Braces Have to be Worn for Years
braces have to be worn for years, but Invisalign can be an alternative to metal braces that can be removed for eating and cleaning.
3: Teeth Whitening is Unhealthy
Whitening your teeth is not unhealthy. In fact, it’s one of the least invasive and most popular cosmetic dental procedures available. The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes and supports the safety and effectiveness of teeth whitening when done under the supervision of a dentist.
There are two types of teeth whitening products: those you can use at home by following the instructions on the product label, and those that require a dentist’s supervision. Both types use bleaching agents to oxidize stains and make teeth appear whiter.
The ADA says that “bleaching products have been shown to provide long-lasting results,” but notes that “teeth will eventually absorb new stains.” That’s why some dentists recommend periodic touch-ups with at-home bleaching products or in-office bleaching treatments to maintain your brighter smile.
4: Dental Fillings Are Made of Metal
A common misconception about dental fillings is that they are made of metal. While it’s true that some types of dental fillings are made of metal, there are also many different types of dental fillings made from different materials.
Some types of metal dental fillings include amalgam (silver) fillings and gold fillings. However, there are also many types of tooth-colored or “composite” fillings made from porcelain or plastic.
Composite fillings are becoming more popular because they can be matched to the color of your teeth and are less visible than metal fillings. In addition, composite fillings bond to your teeth and help support them, which can make them stronger.
If you’re concerned about the type of dental filling you have, or if you want to switch to a different type of filling, talk to your dentist. They can help you choose the best type of filling for your needs.
5: Dental Implants Require Surgery
When it comes to dental implants, there is a lot of misinformation out there. One of the most common myths is that implants require surgery. This simply is not true. While implant surgery is an option, it is not the only option. There are many different types of dental implants, and some do not require surgery at all.
If you are considering dental implants, be sure to talk to your dentist about all of your options. They will be able to help you choose the best type of implant for your individual needs.
6: Dentures Must Be Replaced Every Few Years
It’s a common misconception that dentures need to be replaced every few years. In reality, dentures can last for many years if they are properly cared for. Here are a few tips for prolonging the life of your dentures:
– Brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush and nonabrasive toothpaste.
– Rinse your dentures after each meal.
– Soak your dentures in water or a mild denture cleaning solution overnight.
– Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
Hopefully, this article has been able to help you better understand and differentiate the truth from the myths about common dental procedures. It’s important to remember that no matter what procedure or treatment you’re considering, it’s always best to consult with your dentist first. By understanding the facts about these treatments, you can make an informed decision that will benefit your oral health in the long run.