An implant has to bear the same pressure from chewing that any natural tooth does. That weight can add up to over a hundred pounds with a strong bite. In addition to the vertical biting force, a tooth (or implant) has to be able to stay securely in the jawbone despite forces pushing it from side-to-side.
An implant must also be made from a material that won’t break down in the oral environment, or be rejected by the body.
The Best Material for Dental Implants
To date, titanium is the most reliable material for making dental implants. This material is biocompatible and very strong. It’s used in most types of implants and prosthetics and is hypoallergenic.
However, some people with sensitivities to other metals such as nickel may still want to stay far away from titanium, even if they need a dental implant.
Is There an Alternative to Titanium?
Fortunately, there are nearly metal-free alternatives to titanium for dental implants. Zirconium is a material that resembles ceramic but has a few metal ions to enhance it. It’s related to cubic zirconia, a popular diamond alternative.
Zirconium also fuses well with bone for a lasting bond. But more testing is needed to make sure it’s as reliable as titanium.
What’s in the Dental Implant Crown?
The dental restoration on top of an implant is usually made from a different material than the implant itself. Implants are often capped with the same kind of crown you’d put on any tooth, whether it’s metal or porcelain or a combination.
Want to learn more about dental implants? Ask a dentist near you for more information.
Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
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