What You Should Know about Titanium Dental Implants
By Dr. Ribeiro on February 28, 2018
If you are missing teeth, you are almost certainly familiar with dental implants. These tiny threaded posts replace and mimic natural dental roots, currently making them a superior teeth replacement option. At Clarksville Smiles in Clarksville, TN, Dr. Richard Ribeiro places titanium dental implants for patients who are seeking a reliable solution for tooth loss. Currently, titanium is widely recognized as the gold standard for dental implants. The material is extremely safe and boasts impressive success rates.
A Strong, Biocompatible Material
In the 1950s, Swedish physician Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark discovered titanium’s biocompatibility during an unrelated experiment. This discovery has paved the way for revolutionary advances in both medicine and dental implantology.
Titanium has long been a mainstay in the medical field, particularly in the area of joint replacement. The material integrates especially well with bone. During a process known as osseointegration, the jawbone fuses to the titanium surface of the implant, creating a strong and sturdy foundation for a dental restoration.
Is Titanium the Only Option?
While titanium is the most common implant material, it is not the only option. In 1975, British physicist Ron Garvie created the first zirconia-based ceramic material, which was found to be incredibly biocompatible. In recent years, the use of ceramic dental implants has become much more common. Substantial research has been conducted to determine the durability of ceramic dental implants. While ceramic alternatives have not been studied as long as their traditional counterparts, they still exhibit an astounding success rate. A study performed in the early 2000s reports that ceramic implants could be a reliable long-term replacement option. Patients who received acid-etched ceramic dental implants enjoyed at 97.6 percent success rate after five years.
Titanium allergies are extremely rare. Extensive studies on the subject have determined that only about 0.6 percent of the population has a true titanium allergy. However, if you are one of the unique exceptions, a ceramic dental implant is an excellent option. If you are not sure whether or not you have a titanium allergy, your primary care physician can perform a test to determine your sensitivity.
Implant Shapes and Sizes
In addition to different materials, dental implants also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. For example, a patient with a narrow jawbone will require an implant with a smaller diameter. The length can also be chosen according to the unique needs of the patient. With the use of digital diagnostic imaging, your doctor will oftentimes be able to determine the exact size and placement of your dental implant before your surgery even begins.
Contact Us to Learn More about Dental Implants
If you are considering dental implants for teeth replacement, schedule a consultation with us to determine if titanium implants are the right option for you. To reach a member of our team, contact us online.
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“Dr. Ribeiro has been my dentist for many years, and he has always provided exceptional service. His staff is very professional and courteous. They always go out of their way to ensure I have a pleasant experience.” Tina Reed