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At David B. Peterson, DDS in Bakersfield, California, we offer dental implants for our patients seeking long-lasting improvements to their smile. To help you better understand dental implants, we would like to dispel some myths surrounding dental implant restoration.

Myth #1 Dental implant placements are painful

Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure, so there can be some discomfort and pain, but no more than having a tooth extracted. Dr. David Peterson and our team will ensure that you are as comfortable during the procedure as possible, offering aesthetic options to suit your needs.

Myth #2 Dental implants can be rejected or even fall out

Dental implants are made from biocompatible materials—typically titanium, so your body shouldn’t reject it. In fact, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons has found that dental implants have a success rate of 95 percent.

Myth #3 Dental implants are expensive

While dental implants do cost more than dentures or dental bridges, initially, in the long run, dental implants are more cost-effective because they last longer than dentures or bridges, lasting up to 25 years.

Myth#4 Any dental provider can do an implant, so you can shop for a bargain

Discount dental providers may cut corners using less experienced staff, outdated equipment or poor quality materials leaving you with sub-standard results. If you want your dental implant to last, you want quality work done using quality materials. Dr. David Peterson will ensure that your dental implant is the highest quality available.

Myth #5 Dental implants are only for young people

Dental implants can only be done when jaw growth is complete, but once that happens you can have a dental implant restoration successfully performed up into your 90’s. Most health issues which are treated and controlled will allow you to be a successful dental implant candidate.

At David B. Peterson, DDS in Bakersfield, California, Dr. David Peterson and our team want to provide our patients with the quality dental care they deserve. Are you ready to consider dental implant restoration? If so, please give our team a call today at 661-587-7002!