‘Oral implants look fake’ Top myths about this restorative procedure debunked


When you are searching for the correct cosmetic procedure to makeover your smile, it can be a bit challenging to separate the facts from the fiction.

With the age of the internet, if someone is considering a cosmetic procedure, the first thing they will do is search online for ‘before and after’ photos or stories from people who have had the procedure performed.

But, as is also the way with the online community, it is likely that there will be horror stories about the procedure they are curious about, thus putting them off of the idea altogether. Mix dentistry, cosmetics and horror stories and you will likely discover a bias towards almost every cosmetic dental procedure that is available!

In this article, the truth behind the myths surrounding oral implants is exposed, helping you to see the procedure for what it is- a fusion of restorative and cosmetics which can help you regain your confidence.

The final results look fake

No, they won’t. Once you have had the dental implant in Melbourne fitted, your dentist will begin working on the prosthetic tooth or teeth; they will use any natural teeth you have as a baseline for shade, translucency and shape. Once your dental implant from Melbourne has fused and the prosthetic is fitted, it will be impossible to tell the difference between a natural and a prosthetic tooth.

They never fuse to the jaw

Any dental implant near Melbourne will be made from titanium, which is commonly used in surgeries as it fuses to the bone. Of course, your dental team will need to check that the implant has fused before fitting the prosthetic tooth (which can take up to 6 months), but in almost 99% of all fittings, there is no issue with fusing.

The implant site will become infected

While infections at the site of the implant fitting are rare, they can and do occasionally happen. Some key things to look out for are prolonged discomfort, swelling, discolouration and a foul taste or odour. But if you have any concerns that the implant site has become infected, contact your dentist immediately for a check-up.

Oral implants are prohibitively expensive

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Upon first glance at the associated costs, many people are concerned that they will not be able to afford oral implants. Depending on the surgery that you have them fitted at, you may be able to spread the cost into affordable monthly instalments, or you may even be able to take out a financing option to assist with the cost. Perfect!

The fitting is painful

While pain is subjective, in relation to oral implants it is an area that has been thoroughly explored. Many patients say that the sensation is similar to having a tooth extracted, and so, it should be manageable with over-the-counter pain relief. There may be some soreness for the 2-4 days post-fitting, which is perfectly normal. If you notice an increase in discomfort, contact your dentist for a check-up as you may have an infection.


Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.


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