The purpose of a study published recently in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was to determine how much patients knew about dental implants. Not a lot, it turns out!
Surveys were completed by 100 patients at the Virginia Commonwealth University Dental School; the first group was patients visiting specifically for implants, and the second was those visiting for other dental work.
What You Need to Know About Implants
About 1 in 4 patients said that they had never heard of dental implants and about two-thirds aren’t sure what they are made of. We clearly have a bit of work to do in educating people about dental implants! Here are a couple more misconceptions along with the facts about implants:
Misconception: Implants are a recent innovation
Fact: Many patients are surprised to learn that implants have been in practical use for over 40 years with a proven success rate of about 95%. Millions of people around the world have had their lives changed with dental implants!
Misconception: Implants are made of porcelain
Fact: The implant itself is a tiny post placed surgically in your jaw, and it is made of titanium. This is an understandable mistake, though – the functioning, visible part of the implant is a porcelain restoration.
Misconception: Only an oral surgeon can place implants
Fact: Any dentist who is trained in implantology can perform this procedure in-office. Glendale, CA dentist Dr. Kim Lucio received training in placing dental implants from The International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
We Are Here to Answer Your Questions
Our goal is to make patients aware of the tremendous benefits that dental implants offer. If you are considering dental implants in the Glendale, CA area and want more information, please don’t hesitate to call Lucio H. Kim DDS. We will be more than happy to answer all your questions!