What’s The Best Material For Dental Implants?
If you’re interested in restoring one or more of your missing teeth, you may be exploring dental implants, and wondering which material is the best for implants. Read on, and get all of the information you need.
Understanding The Basics Of Dental Implants
Dental implants consist of two basic parts. The implant itself is a small, rod or screw-shaped piece of material, and it is implanted directly into your gums and jaw bone, where your missing tooth used to be. Then, it heals, and bonds permanently with the underlying bone tissue.
Once the implant heals, an implant-supported restoration like a dental crown (false tooth) can be applied. This restoration is permanently attached to the implant, restoring your tooth.
Together, the implant and implant-supported restoration function as an artificial root and tooth, restoring your smile permanently.
Titanium Is The Best Material For Dental Implants
Titanium has been used in dental implants since they were first developed in the 1960s. Titanium is extremely strong and durable, and resistant to corrosion. But the biggest reason that titanium is used for dental implants is because it can “osseointegrate,” and become a permanent part of your mouth.
Osseointegration refers to the ability of a metal to bond with surrounding bone. When implanted into your jaw, the titanium of your implant will bond with the bone permanently, and become part of the natural structure of your mouth. This provides an extremely strong, durable hold.
Zirconia (Ceramic) Is Becoming More Popular At Some Practices
Zirconia is a special type of ceramic material, and it’s gaining popularity as an alternative to titanium. However, it is not yet widely considered to be as durable or versatile as titanium. While it is effective, zirconia is more brittle and does not “osseointegrate” with the bone as effectively.
In the future, some types of zirconia may become a better option, compared to titanium implants. But for now, titanium is still a superior option for the vast majority of implant cases.
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