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Dental implants: Titanium or zirconium?

Implants in Sopron

Patients might read a lot about the materials of dental implants. The decision lies at the dentist, your doctor, but (s)he might consider several aspects, including your view or personal conditions.

Both titanium and zirconium are common materials for dental implants, each with their own advantages.

Titanium implants:

  • Biocompatibility: Titanium is characterized by high biocompatibility, which means that it is well tolerated by the body and less likely to cause allergic reactions or rejections.
  • Osseointegration: Titanium implants have a strong ability to integrate with the surrounding bone (osseointegration), providing a stable foundation for the implant-supported restoration.
  • Longevity: Titanium implants are known for their longevity and long-term success rates.
  • Proven track record: Titanium implants have been used in dentistry for decades and have a well-established track record.
  • Various designs: There are different designs and types of titanium implants that allow customization according to the patient's needs.

Zirconium implants:

  • Aesthetics: Zirconium implants are white and more closely resemble natural teeth, making them preferred for patients with thin or translucent gums.
  • Biocompatibility: Although not as extensively studied as titanium, zirconium is generally considered biocompatible and less likely to cause allergic reactions.
  • Holistic approach: Zirconium implants are sometimes preferred by patients who want a metal-free option due to holistic or health concerns.
  • Low thermal conductivity: Zirconium has lower thermal conductivity compared to metal, which means it may transmit less temperature sensitivity to the surrounding tissue.
  • Potential for gum reaction: Some believe that zirconium implants have the potential for a healthier gum reaction due to their non-metallic nature.

It is important to note that the choice between titanium and zirconium implants should be made in consultation with a dental professional based on individual patient factors such as oral health, bone structure, esthetic preferences and health considerations. Both materials have their own advantages, and the choice depends on the patient's specific needs and priorities.

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