Society in ancient times tried to replace lost teeth using shells or other items inserted into the empty socket. These historic implants may have been more for cosmetic purposes than functional purposes. Luckily, today’s dental technology has advanced, allowing us to create implants that are remarkably like natural teeth in look, function and design. Using biocompatible materials that your body easily accepts and incorporates helps the function and design. Our Beverly Hills dental implant expert can help you decide if a dental implant is right for you.
Titanium is the most commonly used material in dental implants today. It is a special type of metal that is easily incorporated into the bone tissue. It can last many years without complication, but some patients have sensitivities that can affect their candidacy for titanium implants. Additionally, titanium implants have prosthetic connections that can harbor potentially dangerous oral bacteria.
Zirconia implants are made of ceramic, or a highly biocompatible material that will not corrode in the mouth. The bone grows into and around the zirconia implant just like it does with the titanium implants. Zirconia implants can be made as a single unit, much like natural teeth, and this eliminates the need for components that could harbor bacteria. Additionally, the full-ceramic design allows for a more natural appearance without the risk of metal showing through the restoration. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our Beverly Hills dental implant expert.