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Why Are Dental Implants Considered the “Gold Standard?”

September 12, 2019
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Posted By: Dr. Shawn Buffington
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Have you heard dental implants referred to as the “gold standard” for replacing missing teeth? The term is used to describe the best or most reliable thing of its type, which is true of dental implants. 

What Do Dental Implants Do?

You probably know that dental implants in Greeley, CO replace missing teeth. But before we explain the reason for the “gold standard,” you should understand the basics of what dental implants do. 

A dental implant is the only solution for missing teeth that replaces the entire structure of a lost tooth. An artificial titanium root is placed in your jaw, and after it heals, it functions exactly the same way the natural root did. Once our dentists restore the implant with a crown, bridge, or denture, it looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth. 

Why Are Dental Implants the “Gold Standard?”

Other treatments that replace missing teeth are fixed bridges and full or partial removable dentures. All are still excellent tooth replacement solution and widely used. But they don’t replace a lost tooth root, which is necessary to maintain the healthiest smile. 

When a tooth is intact, chewing and biting stimulate healthy regeneration of bone in your jaw that supports your teeth. After tooth loss, a process called resorption begins, and the bone in your jaw starts to shrink and deteriorate.

Dental implants in Greeley, CO are the only tooth replacement that prevents the breakdown of bone in your jaw. The artificial root acts as a natural tooth does and continues the process of healthy bone regeneration. 

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Dr. Stewart and Dr. Buffington are excited about dental implants and the possibilities they offer for patients who want to replace a missing tooth. If you would like to see if you are a candidate for dental implants in Greeley, CO, please call us to arrange an appointment with one of our skilled dentists.

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