If you have been considering dental implants and have done some research on your own, you may have heard them referred to as "the gold standard." It sounds like this must be a good thing, but what does it really mean?
In general, "the gold standard" refers to a thing that is the best and most reliable of its type. Since dental professionals agree that implants are the best and most reliable tooth replacement, they are often referred to as the "gold standard."
Let’s take a look at the aspects of implants that make them so popular with dentists:
Implants Have a High Success Rate
In the 40-plus years that dental implants have been in use, they have been demonstrated to have a 95 percent success rate. And today, with state-of-the-art technology like 3-D cone beam imaging, implant procedures are even more predictable with improved long-term outcomes.
An Implant Can Last a Lifetime
A dental implant post is surgically placed in your jaw and allowed to integrate with surrounding bone and tissue over a period of several months. During this process, the implant becomes a permanent part of your dental structure. With proper oral hygiene and routine dental cleanings and exams, the implant will last a lifetime. Implants Prevent
The root of a tooth shares a relationship with your jaw bone in which the presence of one stimulates the healthy maintenance of the other. When a tooth is lost, however, bone degeneration starts and bone in the jaw starts to shrink around where the old tooth used to be.
Bone loss threatens the stability of neighboring teeth, causes shifting, and can eventually lead to tooth loss. But the presence of an implant post in the jaw functions as an artificial root, stimulating bone from degenerating and making a dental implant a healthier solution than a bridge or denture, which only sits on top of the jaw and provides no stimulation.
Please Call Us to Arrange a Consultation
If you are considering dental implants in Temple, please call Temple Dental trails at (254) 206-3492 to arrange a commitment-free consultation. Dr. Richard Leung will be happy to sit down with you to discuss your needs and explain all the benefits of tooth replacement with dental implants.