Dental implants are a great tooth replacement option. They look beautiful and natural, and they function just like natural teeth. But, even so, some people might be embarrassed to talk about their dental implants. If this is you, it can be hard to decide whether you should talk about your dental implants with friends and family who might not know you have them.
The good news is that with dental implants, you don’t have to tell anyone about them, and if you do, you can be proud of them.
Why People Don’t Like to Talk about Implants
The biggest problem with talking about dental implants is not the implant itself. It’s the fact that in order to get an implant, you have to have lost a tooth.
There’s a lot of stigma attached to tooth loss in this country. People wrongly assume that the only reason you might lose a tooth is because your hygiene is lacking or that you’re too ignorant to take care of yourself. Sometimes, we internalize these lessons and begin to blame ourselves for the loss of the tooth or teeth. On top of that, there’s also some grief that comes with the loss of a tooth, similar to the loss of a limb.
This can make it painful for people to talk about their tooth loss, and, therefore, they don’t want to talk about their implants.
We Don’t Judge You
At this point, we want to make it clear that Beyond Exceptional Dentistry is not a dental practice that judges or blames you for the loss of your tooth. We aren’t looking to place blame for what happened–we are interested in starting fresh today and helping you enjoy the healthiest, most beautiful smile from now on.
We know other dentists might not be like that. They can make you feel guilty for not brushing or flossing enough or maybe not taking enough precautions to protect your teeth.
But we understand that tooth loss is a complex phenomenon. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, and we don’t fully understand why some people develop it much worse than others. Some factors are genetic, others relate to the particular mix of bacteria you are exposed to. Only some of these factors are under your control–it’s not your fault you lost one or more teeth.
With Dental Implants, You Can Keep Your Secret
One of the best things about choosing dental implants as your tooth replacement is that you can keep it secret if you want to. You don’t have to tell anyone you don’t want to know. They look natural, function naturally, and don’t require any special care. You don’t have to take them out to clean them, and they’re not going to accidentally come loose during dinner. If you want to keep them secret, the secret’s safe in your mouth (and we’re not going to tell!)
But Feel Free to Share
On the other hand, if you want to talk about your dental implants, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t. As we’ve mentioned, it’s not your fault you lost a tooth and you have no reason to feel guilty.
And dental implants are an amazing technology that you should be proud to show off. They are the closest thing to having your natural tooth back. They’re beautiful, and they can last a lifetime. And when we say that, we really mean that they can last 30, 40, 50 years–maybe more. We’ve only been placing them for about 50 years, and some of the first implants are still in place.
In particular, you might want to mention them to help a friend who is facing tooth loss and might not know how great implants are.
Looking for Dental Implants in Hilton Head?
If you’re in the Hilton Head area and are considering dental implants, let us help. Beyond Exceptional Dentistry is a world leader in cosmetic dentistry, and our three dentists have the talent, training, and experience to deliver optimal dental implant placement.