While there are other materials available, titanium implants are used most commonly for a number of reasons. Dental implants have been used as tooth replacement options for the last decades and, over time, titanium has proven to be the most effective material for dental implants.
So you’ve been told about titanium implants. Maybe you’ve done a little research. Now you have questions. And we’re not surprised. Most of our patients want to know more about titanium implants before they commit. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most commonly asked questions.
What Are Titanium Implants?
Titanium implants are tooth replacements designed to replace missing teeth at the root. This is as opposed to bridgework or dentures, which both replace your tooth from the gum line upwards.
The implant is a screw-like structure that is embedded into your gum. Once your implant has been placed it needs to undergo a period of osseointegration, or fusion with your jawbone.
Why Is Titanium Used In Implants?
Titanium is a bio-compatible metal, which means it is well tolerated by the human body. Titanium implants are long-lasting and unlikely to degrade over the course of its lifespan.
How Safe Are Titanium Teeth Implants?
The safety of titanium as dental implant material
Titanium has been used in dental appliances since the 1940s, and its biocompatibility has made it the material of use in the medical prosthetics and medical devices as well.
Today the majority of dental implants are manufactured using titanium alloys. Titanium is very adhesive and non-corrosive and bonds well to human bone and tissue.
Dental implant failure
Dental implants may fail because they do not integrate with the jaw bone however they do have a 98% success rate.
The biggest threat to the failure of titanium dental implants is lack of dental hygiene. This is because your dentist will mitigate as much of the risk as possible for you, and only agree to treatment if you tick all of the right boxes. You do need to undergo surgery after all, and all surgeries carry some element of risk.
This generally means that if you do have any uncontrolled chronic health conditions such as diabetes or any conditions that affect your body’s ability to heal itself, your dentist is not likely to recommend titanium implants as a treatment option.
The safety of titanium implants compared to other tooth replacements
If you compare titanium dental implants with a bridge or dentures from the perspective of your long-term dental health, the safety of your remaining natural teeth should be considered.
Not replacing your teeth at the roots results in loss of bone tissue and weakening of your jaw bone. It also means that the remaining natural teeth in your mouth are likely to move around, so that they can fill the open spaces. This can cause loosening of those teeth and they may also fall out.
The success of your titanium implants procedure is very much dependant on your dental hygiene habits. It is essential that you follow through with all your dental appointments and follow-ups for a successful procedure.
How Long Do Titanium Teeth Implants Last?
Titanium is a robust and long lasting metal. The lifespan of your titanium dental implants differs between brands and ranges from 5 to 30 years. Ask your dentist which titanium implants he or she recommends and remember that while a cheaper brand might work for you right now, it is not necessarily the best long term solution.
Have more questions about titanium implants and their safety? It’s always best to speak to a professional. Call our practice today to find out more: (02) 9158 6353.