Palani Center for Dental Implants offers several types of dental implants to restore missing teeth, and improve your smile! A traditional implant consists of two parts: a titanium post (the component that mimics the root of a tooth), and an abutment (the support structure that attaches to a prosthetic). Recent technological advancements have led to a new kind of implant—a single structure made from zirconia.
Titanium Vs. Zirconia
Titanium implants have been the gold standard for tooth replacement treatment since the 1980’s. Titanium is one of the few elements that can fuse with living bone. During the process of osseointegration, the implant and your bone will fuse together to form a powerful bond—one that can support a restoration for decades, if not a lifetime. In fact, titanium implants have become one of the most successful dental appliances, with a long-term success rate of 95-98%.
Zirconia is typically considered a non-metal, “ceramic” material that possesses esthetic qualities most similar to your natural tooth enamel. For this reason and more, zirconia is most often used to fabricate the prosthetic itself. Interestingly enough, zirconium is a transitional metal with properties akin to titanium. Like titanium, zirconia will fuse to the living bone to form a powerful bond that can withstand the forces of chewing. Studies have shown that titanium and zirconia implants have a very similar bone to implant contact.
Titanium implants and abutments may cause esthetic issues in the long term. In some cases, titanium can show through the prosthetic, creating a greyish hue around the margin of the crown. Patients with translucent or receding gums may also experience a slight grey. Although titanium shows better corrosion resistance than other metals, it may still interact with living tissue over time. This can limit the strength of the implant and cause a mechanical failure. It is important to note that this is not a frequent occurrence.
Benefits of Zirconia Implants
Zirconia implants are increasing in popularity for some reasons:
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If you are interested in receiving a titanium or zirconia implant, schedule your consultation appointment today by calling (310) 894-8337!