Dental Implant Materials
A Brief History of Dental Implants
Over the years, dental implants have been made from a wide range of materials. The original material for dental implants, vitreous carbon, fused well with the jawbone. The inherent brittleness of vitreous carbon implants made them unsuitable for widespread use.
Almost all modern dental implant materials contain metal alloy titanium. Due to their tough construction, titanium alloys are extremely unlikely to cause an allergic reaction or sensitivity. Zirconia implants have been introduced in dental implantology because they have improved properties and are considered metal-free alternatives to regular titanium implants.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Titanium Implants
The titanium implant failure rate is believed to be significantly lower compared to zirconia implants. They have high corrosion resistance and excellent biocompatibility with gum tissues and bone. However, though rare, titanium implants are likely to fail if you have allergic reactions to metals.
It is possible that for some people, the sensitivity will not manifest itself until years after the implant. Metal sensitivity can cause bone loss and the inability to use dental implants. Zirconia dental implants are safe for patients with hypersensitivity or allergic reactions due to their hypoallergenic composition.
If you are wondering whether to have zirconia implants or titanium ones put in, reach out to us at (336) 283-2593. At Gibson & Bartholomew Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry, we are always ready and willing to help.
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Winston-Salem, NC 27103-3043