Zirconia Dental Implants vs. Titanium Implants
In recent years, we have seen dental patients become increasingly interested in how dental materials and products can impact overall health. Many have chosen to have metal fillings removed and replaced; others are concerned about suffering reactions to the materials used in dental implants. At MD Periodontics, we focus on patient health and safety, and choose to use the materials and procedures we feel are in the best interests of the patients we treat.
Here are the facts about the differences between zirconia and titanium implants:
Titanium has been the standard for dental implants for many years, and for good reason. It is rare for any person to have an allergic reaction to titanium, and the material is very stable, and able to heal under the gums, fusing to the bone. For an implant to have stability, it must be fully integrated into the natural bone structure, a process called osseointegration. Once the implanted post is fixed in the jaw and completely stable, it is ready to have the new tooth placed. Once completed, the new tooth functions and looks exactly like a natural tooth.
Zirconia is a white metal/crystal combination that is commonly used in dentistry. It comes in a powdered form, and is a material that can more quickly and affordably create the tooth structure for crowns and bridges. Zirconia performs very well – possibly better than titanium, when used for a dental implant. Zirconia implants are white, so patients need never fear that the metal base will show. Many patients choose to have zirconia implants rather than metal to avoid the risk of an allergic reaction to titanium.
If you have lost a tooth or even all your teeth, dental implants can restore your smile and give you back your self-confidence – and can allow you to eat all the foods you love. At our practice, we want our patients to have the best possible result, and we genuinely care. We want to be the dental practitioners you count on and can trust to perform dental procedures that take your long-term health into account. We perform both zirconia and titanium dental implants, and would be happy to meet with you to help you make the right decision about the type of implant would be best for you.