3 Myths About Tooth Implants -Pain, Expense and Time – Burbank Dentist Explains

dental implants Burbank CADental tooth implants have been in use for more than 40 years!  Even though they are quite common, there are three “myths” that I hear potential patients describe all the time.

1. Dental implants are painful!

2. Dental Implants are expensive!

3. Dental implants take a long time!

1. Dental implants are painful!

FALSE! In my more than a decade of placing dental implants, most of my patients say, “that was much easier than I thought!

There are three things that will predict whether this procedure will hurt.

The ease or difficulty of your unique situation is first. The second factor is your ability to heal well. And third, the skill and training of your implant dentist.

Pain should not be a factor in your decision making process. Choose the treatment that will give you the best result.  Although I do write narcotic prescriptions such as Vicodin, most of my patients end up just using tylenol and/or advil.  IV sedation is highly recommended as it will reduce post-operative pain too!

2. Dental implants are expensive!

FALSE! Dental implants do not cost much more than an average 3 tooth bridge! In my office in Burbank, the cost is almost identical. The long-term cost for having an implant versus a bridge is much lower, since a bridge will be replaced every 7 -15 years. Your dental implant will most likely never need to be replaced!

If you have a bridge, your adjacent teeth will be irreversibly ground down into little nubs. This fact alone is worth it.

3. Dental implants take a long time!

FALSE! Having an implant usually takes 2 – 4 months on average.  A bridge takes 3 – 6 weeks.

It is a short term sacrifice for a long term benefit!

Bone by nature, takes a while to heal. Have you ever broken a bone and had to wear a cast? I’m sure you had to wear it for a several weeks! The bone around a newly placed implant has to mend, just like the bones in your arm would have to.

A bone graft, may or may not extend the amount of time it takes for healing.

In my Burbank office, you will always have a temporary tooth! You don’t have to walk around with missing teeth during the process!

Here what my patients have to say: Burbank Dentists Video Testimonials

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24 Responses to 3 Myths About Tooth Implants -Pain, Expense and Time – Burbank Dentist Explains

  1. This information gives hope to people who are afraid of having dental implants and to those who think it is too expensive.

  2. John Dryden says:

    Hey Doc,
    I saw your post come through on Facebook. All of this is so true! I am a patient of Dr. Amin
    The implants that you did for me 6 years ago are doing awesome. I always get compliments on my smile.
    I can even tell them apart from my own teeth!
    Thanks for all you did for me. See you at my next appointment.

  3. Hi John,
    I am flattered by your kind words! It is a pleasure to have you as a patient!
    :) Dr. Ramsey Amin

  4. Anne Chen says:

    If a tooth is first extracted, the patient must wait for a tooth, e.g., if the two front teeth are removed there will be a hole there until the implant surgery takes place. It is only when the implant is inserted that a tooth is provided. Is that correct.

  5. Hi Anne,
    In many instances, the teeth can be extracted and replaced on the same day!
    That is called an “immediate implant with a temp.” There should be no time that you have to be without your front teeth during the process!

  6. gh says:

    Well said Dr. Amin –thank you!

  7. Linda says:

    I had a sinus lift, dental implants done last week, waiting on them to heal so that they can insert the posts and crowns (about 4 months) … Very painful for me…taking antibiotics and pain meds and I am definitely a person that can take pain.

    • Hi Linda,

      Hmm…tell me more. In the last eleven years, the majority of my patients only need tylenol and/or advil. Did you have any steriods in the IV? Any blood from your nose? How experienced is the dentist in this procedure?


      Dr. Amin

  8. Frank Alfino says:

    Six months ago I had to have loose crowns tightened on two implanted molars
    located side by side on my upper jaw right that were installed ten years ago.
    I have been experiencing low jaw pain for about two months now, which has
    worsened. Can you identify with this?

    • Hi Frank,

      Without seeing you or your x-rays it is very difficult for me to tell you a correct answer. How are the bone level and pockets around the dental implants?

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, CA

  9. Fran says:

    I was in a car accident 23 years ago… they added two implants (upper) with a 6 (I think) tooth bridge. I think two of my bottom teeth got direct implants. I haven’t had a problem with the bottom ones at all. The bridge sucks! I’m on my 2nd replacement and each time it seems like they are grinding more of my adjacent teeth to make it work.

    The last go around started in Oct 2011, with the final placement in January of this year. Since then, I have had soreness that won’t go away. I have had more than a few infections in my upper teeth too. So I’m not sure if the soreness is from alignment issues… I noticed I was grinding at night. Or from gum disease or another infection brewing.

    So I’m a fan of the direct implant over the bridge. I’m not sure why they opted for the bridge other than maybe not enough bone or it was cheaper.

    If someone already had two implants to cover 6 teeth, do you think more than be added, or it would depend on the placement of the original implants, or even other factors? Just wondering.

    • Hi Fran,

      There are so many factors to your situation. You should really understand each option and its long term outcomes when making a decision. Yes, you can add implants to the area to have the great smile you desire. Occasionally, a non-implant bridge can be better than implants if there is bone missing in certain areas.

      I hope this helps.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, CA

  10. Joseph A. Somers says:

    Twelve, or so, years ago I had Five (5) implants installed in the lower jaw with a bar attachment, instant load and the Surgeon probably wrote it up on your Dental Magazine. The bar attachment works well but allows too much food to collect under the denture.
    Because of time and bone erosion: In January 2013 I had a bone graft on my upper jaw, using bone from the back area of my hip., The Oral Surgeon who originally studied at USC Berkley did a masterful job at Mount Sinai in Toronto. The healing time suggested was 6 months and following this I had Six (6) implants installed in the upper jaw at (11,13,15, 21, 23, 25) so far all has gone well and the suggested healing time for this is 4 to 6 month??? before the locators are installed and the denture if installed.
    The actual bone graft left me looking like I was wearing a mask Black and Blue from beneath the eyes to just above the collar bone…but there was very little pain
    Yes there was a little blood from the nose caused by calcified material in the nose (from the Graft)
    The implant installation was quick with almost no pain even though there were screws in the upper jaw from the grafting..

    All in all a masterful job

    .. Now I am thinking about the lower job and whether it would be feasible to change over to locators and get rid of the bar ???

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hi Joseph,

      Changing the lower bar over denture to a locator over denture may it may not help. All over dentures get food under them.

      Have you tried a reline to full in the gaps?

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  11. Ed Happe says:

    I am trying to understand the process of implantation of a type of a one piece type of implant that comes with an attached abutment. If properly placed, and after months of healing, can a crown be attached to this one piece implant/abutment without the need for another abutment and hence without an additional abutment fee?

    Thanks for your expert advice!

    Thanks for help

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hello Ed,

      You are exactly correct about the one piece implants. Unfortunately one piece implants have limited use and little versatility. The analogy is trying to make the implant fit your mouth rather than customizing it for your particular situation.

      If the implant is too short, too angulated, too round, or too skinny, and a host of other problems you will have long-term problems and the entire implant will have to be removed. Because it is a one-piece implant your only option is for the dentist to drill on the implant itself.

      I use them and extremely limited situations. Using one-piece dental implants for cost savings can be dangerous because you end up with something that is permanently wrong with no way to correct it besides removing the entire implant from your jawbone.

      It is not worth it. Guided surgical placement may help if it is extremely well planned by a very experienced clinician.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  12. Don says:

    Can you recommend a few of the best implant dentists in Ct,RI,MA?

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Find The Dental Implant Experts — Ideally find someone who has both the ‘F’ and ‘D’ status described below!

      How to Choose an Implant Dentist

      American Academy of Implant Dentistry Credentialed Members

      Find an experienced and credentialed dental professional in your area. AAID credentialed members are actively engaged in active practice incorporating dental implants. Following are explanations of the credentials:

      Associate Fellows (AF) have been certified by their peers and have met national standards of education and practice in oral implantology.

      Academic Associate Fellows (AAF) are dentists who are employed as faculty or administrators by accredited dental schools on a full time basis and who are involved in the discipline of implant dentistry.

      Fellows (F) have been certified by their peers and have met national standards of education and practice in oral implantology. Due to the more extensive experiential requirements for Fellow Membership, Fellows are required to demonstrate advanced knowledge and experience in implant dentistry.

      Diplomates (D) are AAID members who have become Diplomates of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID). The ABOI/ID is a certification agency that serves independently to protect members of the public who seek dental implant care. The designation signifies that these dentists have met the highest criterions in oral implantology – they have met educational and experiential standards; and, they have reached an in-depth level of knowledge and acquired a proficient level of skill and ability.

  13. chris says:

    hi Dr Amin,
    while conducting some research on dental implants, we heard your names a few times by some happy patients. That’s how we found your website. We totally agree with you regarding pain, expense and time. We also truly believe dental implants are one the most reliable long term dental substitutes that often outweigh other solutions but the most important factor is definitely finding an implant expert to rely on and from what we heard, your are a no brainer choice :)

  14. Rick says:

    Hi Dr. Amin

    I’ve just run across this post regarding dental implants. I very encouraged by your educated responses. My story is a bit different that these. As a teen, I suffered through bulimia for many years. I had no clue that my hair would fall out and eventually my teeth would rot away. Because of my fear of the dentist, I neglected to go for most of my adulthood. I was married about five years ago and gave birth to a baby girl about a few years back. It was then, that I decided that I wanted to be an examplor rather that just an instructor.

    I finally went to the dentist where I live and started the process of restoring my smile. I’m at the point where I’ve had all of the rotted teeth extracted and everything else has been brought to a restorative state. My dds suggests a partial for the top, however, I am still young and would prefer implants. She informed me that a)- they are expensive, and b)- I will need (4) posts (at least) in order to place bridges on the top and bottom.

    I do not have the money to buy implants

    Please help :)

  15. Isaac says:

    Are there any complications for Dental implants or any other dental works for patients with the Sickle Cell Anemia?

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hi Isaac,

      Sickle cell anemia is the disease of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin transports oxygen within our bloodstream. Oxygenation of the surgical site where you may have a dental implant or bone graft is key to its healing.

      If you only have sickle cell anemia and no other medical problems your likely to not have much issue having these procedures done. He should also consult with your physician if it has been a major issue during your life. I have successfully placed implants and done bone grafts on patients with sickle cell anemia in the past

      Very Respectfully,

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

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