Dental Implant Materials
Posted on 10/31/2017 by Dr. Franco
|There are two main types of materials used for dental implants, and here at BiteLock, Dr. Pedro Franco can help you decide which is best for you. For most, it is titanium, hands down. However, there are also reasons that you may not be able to, or may not desire to go that direction. We have compiled a general comparison as seen here, but our knowledgeable staff would be more than happy to answer any potential questions you may have about our implants and how they work.
Titanium Dental Implants
The most commonly used and versatile material is titanium. This is a metal implant that comes in two pieces, the post which lies below the gums’ surface, and the abutment which lies above. A titanium implant is a great option because it fuses easily with the bone in your jaw. It is not often rejected and provides a level of stability that may be unmatched and with proper care, can last a lifetime. We know more about titanium implants since they have been around for much longer than their ceramic counterpart.
Because of their two-part system, titanium implants offer a wider margin for error. Sometimes, implants are put it at a slight angle (this can be intentional because of bone density or for some reason accidental). With a titanium implant, we can create a custom support to repair it. With a one-piece system, that is entirely unrealistic. Titanium implants also boast the ability to have grafts done after their installation if need be. With a different system, this too can be unrealistic.
Zirconium Dental Implants
Zirconium is the other commonly used material. This is a ceramic appliance that comes in one solid piece. This means that the post portion lies beneath the surface of your gums while the rest resides above. This can lead to the potential for damage over time if it gets bumped while chewing or speaking, which can disrupt its fusion to your bone. It is also a newer material, so we do not know as much yet about its lifespan in comparison to that of titanium. There are several benefits to this piece, however.
For example, they are a white color and do not run the risk of ever being seen through the tissues of your gums in the way that a titanium may eventually do. There is also no risk of corrosion, which can come alongside the long-term use of a metal implant. Titanium implants can also be conductive to heat, and a zirconium implant does not run that risk. This is extremely rare to have anyone have a conductivity issue to the point that they can feel it, however, so be sure to know that. It is also a great option for the 4% of the population that is allergic to titanium.
Dr. Pedro Franco can help you to find the best implant selection for your personal needs, oral health goals, and cosmetic aspirations. At BiteLock, we know our practice inside and out, so we can answer any potential questions you may have.