Titanium dental implants have been considered the best tooth replacement option for over five decades. Since their invention, similarly modern and advanced materials have proven effective for replacing missing teeth. Increasing in recent popularity are ceramic dental implants, an aesthetic and strong alternative to traditional implants. These dental implants provide comparable function to their titanium counterpart but have unique characteristics that many patients find attractive. Here’s everything you need to know about ceramic dental implants:
Ceramic dental implants defined
Traditionally, dental implant posts are made from titanium, a type of metal that is lightweight and strong, able to fuse naturally to the jawbone. Ceramic dental implants are made from biocompatible zirconia material and are similarly lightweight and resistant. They are a single piece of material, meaning the dental implant post and the abutment are combined, unlike with traditional dental implants.
The benefits of ceramic dental implants
Most notably, ceramic dental implants have no known cases of allergic or adverse reaction. This makes them a viable solution for people who have titanium allergies or are concerned with having metal in their mouths. Ceramic material also mimics the natural translucency and color of gum tissue and will not show through thin gums as titanium implants can.
The Longevity of ceramic dental implants
While ceramic dental implants do not have the decades of case studies and testing that titanium implants do, they’re still considered a strong and reliable solution. They can last for many years with proper at-home and professional care. Another way to ensure your ceramic dental implants last long-term is by having them placed and restored by a dentist experienced in these types of materials and treatments.
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