Dental Implant Materials
The past few years have seen the growing popularity of dental implants as a solution for lost teeth. The fact that dental implants have a low rate of failure and offer the aesthetic and functional benefits of natural teeth makes them a preferred option. However, when considering single or multiple tooth implants, there are two different types of materials that most implants are made of, titanium and zirconia. The choice of dental implant materials is one of the most important when it comes to the dental implant process. At Queen Anne Family Dental, we offer the very best in advice and information on dental implant material options.
The use of titanium implants in implant dentistry is the broadest. These implants are fabricated from strong, lightweight biocompatible metal. The strength of titanium means they are resistant to stress and breakage, making them an excellent implant material. This is the reason why implants have a uniquely high success rate. In fact, in up to 95 percent of cases, titanium will end up maintaining its structural compatibility and strength for several decades. They have a typical replacement interval of 20 years.
Titanium implants have the potential to last a lifetime with care. Titanium is a metal that has been used for many years in the healthcare industry. For instance, it has a well-known application in the production of artificial joints like hips and knees. Titanium has been the standard for dental implant materials for decades. Its strength and portability make it a popular choice.
Compared to standard metals, titanium can be up to 40 percent lighter while maintaining the same or better corrosion resistance. However, patients with autoimmune disorders like Crohn's disease, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis may experience irritation or local inflammation due to the titanium's metal ions being released.
For those who are allergic to the metals in titanium implants, then zirconia implants come in handy. Similar to titanium implants, zirconia implants are composed of materials that are biocompatible with human tissue. However, they are not made of metal, which is one of the implants' most appealing features. They are also extremely resistant to fracturing and possess a high level of strength.
Zirconia implants are also resistant to bacteria, which decreases the likelihood of implant failure and complications. However, zirconia has been found to have lower overall success rates than titanium.
Additionally, zirconia corrodes at a relatively rapid rate. Zirconia implants are particularly useful for replacing front teeth due to the material's ability to be colored to match the patient's natural teeth. With proper dental care and maintenance, implants will last for several years, regardless of the material used.
To prolong the life of your implants, maintain a meticulous dental hygiene routine. Schedule routine oral exams, and avoid foods and behaviors that can harm the replacement teeth, such as smoking. The material used for dental work is an important factor to consider. If you are undecided on what material to consider, talk to our dentist. We will walk you through the implant materials we use and help you choose the right one.
In case you have questions about implant materials, reach out to Queen Anne Family Dental today. Call us at (206) 424-4450 and set up an appointment with our dentist.