February 23, 2020
Dental implants are regarded as the best tooth replacement option by dental professionals around the globe, and rightly so. Because they mimic the structure of natural teeth, they provide remarkable function. They even have the potential to last a lifetime. However, while most dentists favor implants made out of a titanium alloy, holistic dentists tend to use ceramic dental implants instead. Let’s discuss some of the reasons why ceramic is the superior material for this type of tooth replacement.
No Allergic Reactions
Allergies to titanium are quite rare, but they are possible. People can even develop an allergy or sensitivity over time, which lead to complications years after a titanium implant has ben placed. Conversely, ceramic implants are bioinert (they do not cause a reaction when introduced to biological material), a fact that makes them extremely biocompatible.
Titanium implants have a coating on the outside that is very stable, which makes them highly resistant to corrosion. In some instances, however, that outer layer can break down and allow corrosion to compromise the structural integrity of an implant. In a worst case scenario, such corrosion can lead to dental implant failure and even life-threatening health conditions. Ceramic dental implants do not corrode, so you will never have to worry about them putting your health in jeopardy.
No Galvanic Toxicity
Galvanic corrosion is a particular type of corrosion that occurs when different metals are exposed to the fluids in the mouth and then interact with each other. An electric current can occur between them, which makes one of the metals corrode faster. As the corrosion progresses, it can lead to galvanic toxicity, which produce problems like insomnia, a metal taste in the mouth, and other significant symptoms. Ceramic dental implants do not come with the danger of galvanic toxicity because they are considered to be metal-free.
At first, titanium dental implants can produce very pleasing aesthetics. As time goes on, however, that may change. If a patient’s gums are thin, or the gums begin to recede, the dark material of the implant may become visible. Corrosion can also cause the gums to darken. Conversely, ceramic dental implants are white and do not corrode. They thus produce a very natural appearance that can stand the test of time.
Most titanium implants come in two pieces: the implant itself, and the abutment (which connects to the implant to the final restoration). In rare cases, bacteria can get caught between the two pieces and lead to infection and inflammation. Most ceramic implants feature one-piece construction, which means there are no tight spaces where bacteria can colonize and lead to problems.
The above are just a few of the most outstanding benefits of ceramic dental implants. Your holistic dentist would be happy to further discuss this remarkable treatment with you.
About the Author
Dr. William B. Langston is a holistic dentist in Sunnyvale with decades of experience in his field. He cares deeply about the overall health and well-being of his patients, which is why he only uses materials that have been proven to be biocompatible. To learn more about Dr. Langston, ceramic dental implants, or other facets of holistic dentistry, contact Long Creek Dental at 972-270-6533.
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