Titanium vs. Metal-Free Dental Implants

When you are considering getting dental implants to replace missing teeth, there are two general options: titanium implants and metal-free, ceramic dental implants. Both types of implants can help you achieve a beautiful-looking smile. There are some key differences between the two materials you need to know to help you determine which type of implant is best for you.

Benefits of Titanium Implants

Titanium is a very durable metal that is accepted by the body. Titanium implants, when installed correctly, can last a very long time.

Risks of Titanium Implants

As with any surgical procedure, getting titanium implants does have certain risks. Some people have an issue when the titanium or other metals in the titanium alloy is rejected by the body and the jawbone does not fuse around the implant. Titanium implants are not well-suited for people allergic to various metals. If you develop a metal allergy later in life, you may need to have your implants removed.

Benefits of Ceramic Dental Implants

Ceramic zirconia implants offer several benefits over titanium implants, as follows:

  • Cosmetically Appealing: There is no risk of darkening along the gum line common with titanium implants. Plus, the ceramic material is color-matched to the tooth color.

  • Natural Material: Ceramic zirconia is a more natural choice of implant material that bonds easier to the jawbone and is more readily accepted by the body.

  • No Risk of Allergic Reactions: Zirconia is non-allergenic and biocompatible. Even if your allergies change over your life, you will not have to worry about replacing your implants.

  • Harder than Titanium: Zirconia is the second hardest material found naturally.

  • Superior Oral Hygiene: Plaque and tartar do not build up as fast on ceramic implants as it does on titanium.

Risks of Metal-Free Dental Implants

Implant surgery does have certain risks. One of the key considerations is finding a dentist skilled in ceramic implants. The surgical processes require higher precision than titanium implants. Other risks could include your age, jawbone density, and overall health.

To learn more about ceramic dental implants and whether you would be an ideal candidate, please feel free to contact the Center for Advanced Dentistry at (212) 758-1838 to schedule a consultation appointment today.