Biological Dentist Anthony Kim Explains the Types of Dental Implants:Dr. Kim | November 28, 2011
There are several different companies that make dental implant systems. However, there are only 2 types of materials used in manufacturing dental implants. The most common implant used is made of titanium metal. In rare cases, when individuals have severe metal allergies a Zircona metal-free implant is recommended.
Why is Titanium metal the “gold standard?”
Titanium is extremely strong and light in weight, in fact it is used in many aerospace applications due to its strength. When chewing food up to 200 pounds of pressure are placed on the teeth. Titanium also has the ability to withstand bending and breaking. Therefore, it is very important to use a strong material when replacing a missing tooth. Titanium can also withstand acids from the saliva and minerals in saliva and toothpaste. The most important aspect of tit anium metal is that it is biocompatible. Simply, the body accepts titanium when it placed into the body. The titanium dental implant stimulates the bone cells, creating “osseointegration.” This process allows the dental implant to become part of the jaw bone during the healing process, thus providing added strength.
What is a Zirconia Implant?
Zircona implants have been used in Europe for many years, in recent years Zircona implants have been used in the United States. It is a 100% biocompatible material that is used when metal is not an option for patients. In rare cases, people that are sensitive to metals and have several metal crowns or other dental implants can feel a very small current which creates discomfort. The solution for this is the Zircona implant which is made of zirconium which is a non-metal substance.
As a dentist with a holistic approach to dentistry, when a patient reports that they are metal sensitive, has severe allergies, or has metal toxicity I recommend dental material testing. I also recommend metal toxicity testing to determine if there is an overabundance of metals in the system, as that can affect the overall health of the body. Once the material testing is complete, it will allow me to determine the best material to use based on the individual’s body response to the materials tested.
If you are interested in dental implants and have questions regarding what material is safest for your body, please contact my Holistic Cosmetic dental office specializing in safe-mercury removal and dental implants, along with many other dental procedures. (951)686-3666.
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