Dental implants are today's most durable and lifelike replacements for missing teeth. Dentists create most dental implants from titanium, stainless steel, other metal alloys, zirconium, and ceramic materials. The materials in implants have received extensive safety testing and are well-known for their biocompatibility.
This blog will describe the primary materials used in today's dental implants and their uses.
The anchor or screw securing the dental implant in the jawbone is usually titanium. The material has become a standard part of the dental implant process. The material is extremely strong, lightweight, and corrosion-resistant.
Titanium possesses a high degree of biocompatibility, enabling it to bond with the jawbone in osseointegration. It is a hypoallergenic metal, meaning that people sensitive to other metals can tolerate it.
The abutment capping the anchor and connecting to the dental crown is generally surgical-grade stainless steel. Stainless steel is less expensive than titanium but shares many of its corrosion-resistant qualities. It keeps contaminants out of the implant post and socket area.
Dental ceramic materials have advanced a great deal in recent years. Crowns that complete implant restorations may be ceramic. Ceramic materials share lifelike qualities and provide excellent durability and appearance.
Porcelain on Metal
If the patient needs a stronger crown, porcelain on metal is another excellent option. The porcelain provides a durable coating that helps the metal crown blend in with the surrounding teeth. Porcelain on metal lasts longer than other options.
Zirconium is newer to the field of dental implants, and it is more expensive than ceramic. Some oral surgeons prefer it over ceramic materials because it is tougher and lasts longer with less wear.
Why Receive Dental Implants?
Dental implants are safe, effective replacements for damaged or missing teeth. Implants have a 90-95% success rate when installed by a qualified specialist. Biocompatible materials combine to make dental implants.
Good Candidates for Dental Implants
If you are considering dental implants, keep these patient criteria in mind. If you do not meet one or more of these criteria, speak to your oral surgeon about how you can improve your chances of implant success.
- Missing or damaged teeth
- Sufficient jawbone mass to site an implant post
- Generally good oral health
- Free of untreated tooth decay and gum disease
- Healthy enough for surgery
If you do not have enough jawbone mass, you can receive bone graft surgery to add mass.
Why Choose Hoboken Oral Surgeons, LLC?
While many dental professionals provide implant services, it's wise to see an oral surgeon for the procedure. Oral surgeons deeply understand the mouth and jaw's anatomy and can plan safe, effective surgeries. Our practice provides expert dental implant services and patient support.
Call Hoboken Oral Surgeons, LLC
Contact us at our Hoboken or Manhattan offices to schedule a dental implant consultation. We can explain your options and help you decide whether you should invest in dental implants to support your oral health.