There are several advantages to choosing a dental implant made of titanium. Contact Dr. Allan Acton at Cary Family Dental to get a full picture of your dental needs.
- Titanium implants can come in a two-piece version, which can be helpful when angled implants are required to correct the implant positioning.
- The failure rate of titanium implants is found to be significantly lower than that of zirconia implants.
- Titanium implants are resistant to corrosion in your mouth and have excellent compatibility with the bone and gum tissues.
There are also several disadvantages associated with titanium implants.
- Rarely a titanium implant can fail if a patient has an allergic reaction to the metal. Any patients who have a history of allergies should schedule an assessment to measure their metal allergy to titanium by a qualified allergist before placement of a permanent titanium implant.
- For patients with some autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease or diabetes may find that the metal ions released from a titanium implant can cause local inflammation and irritation. Again, it is advised to schedule testing before committing to a titanium implant.
- Another issue can occur if the tissue around the implant is thin, then the dark titanium metal may show through, resulting in a poor look, as shown during testing and reports from cosmetic dentists.
With careful maintenance, dental implants can function for many years. The EFP reports that 95% of implants last for at least five years, but most are likely to have a much longer life. In order to increase the lifespan of your implant, you should keep up with a thorough oral hygiene routine, avoid smoking and attend regular dental visits.
Choosing the right implant material for you is an important decision. Discuss your options with your dental professional, and make sure you speak to your insurance provider as well in order to find a cost-effective option for your particular situation.
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