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Dental Implant Materials


Dental implants are used to take the place of lost teeth to infection, decay, trauma, or extraction. If you are thinking of having dental implants fitted, you have options in terms of the materials that you can use. One of the first questions you should ask a dentist is what kinds of materials they use, and whether the materials will be appropriate for you. At South Austin Dental, we will always explain the options to you and let you make an informed decision.

Why Consider Dental Implants?


Dental implants have several advantages over other tooth replacement methods, including the ability to preserve jawbone density, unrivaled durability, and fewer dietary restrictions. Dentures and fixed bridges simply cannot compete with the benefits that dental implants provide when it comes to replacing missing teeth.

Materials Commonly Used in Dental Implants


Dental implants are available in a variety of materials, but titanium was the only option for a long time. Dental implant materials have proliferated as a result of technological advancements. Extensive research has been conducted on these substances, with a focus on the physical and chemical properties that affect their clinical applications. Such implant characteristics include microstructure and surface chemistry.

A biocompatible material would be ideal for dental implants. It is critical that they are not easily broken and do not corrode. Titanium and zirconium are two common materials used in the manufacture of dental implants. Dental implants, regardless of composition, must be extremely durable and dependable. Dental implant materials and designs must be strong while also being physically compatible with the body.

Titanium Dental Implants


Titanium is and has always been the most popular material for dental implants. The majority of dental implant materials are metal, with titanium being the most popular. Its significant property was not discovered until 1950. During this time period, researchers discovered that titanium metal implants promote healthy bone growth. To put it another way, if something comes into contact with bone and is not moved, the bone will grow around it.

As a result, the two will be strengthened. Titanium has become the most popular dental implant material since its discovery. The effects are long-lasting, and the cost is low. The material has maintained its position as one of the most effective dental implant materials.

Zirconia-Based Dental Implant Materials



In comparison to titanium, zirconia is a relatively new discovery. It is one of the brightest spots in the future of the dental implant industry. The use of zirconia dental implant materials for full abutment began in the early 1990s. Titanium implant materials, on the other hand, were still widely used at the time. The first one-piece crown made of dental implant materials was introduced in 2003. While zirconia dental implant materials are still new, they are quickly gaining popularity.

Each of these dental implant materials has its advantages and disadvantages. Titanium is generally seen as the best because it is biocompatible. However, zirconium has the advantage of reducing the chances of bacteria hiding and affecting the gums.

If you are still not sure about what dental implant materials you would like to use, we can walk you through the benefits of each. Call South Austin Dental at (512) 441-8922. We are always available to help.
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