Dental implants are ideal solutions to missing teeth. Enjoy the foods you love without the discomfort of removable dentures. Because dental implants are designed to fuse with bone, the artificial tooth roots provide a stable foundation for permanent crowns and dentures. Implant-supported dentures are the closest you’ll ever get to having natural teeth.
Dental implants are composed of screws, abutments and permanent crowns or dentures. The screw is usually made of titanium or other biocompatible materials. It was in 1952 that Swedish scientist Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark discovered how titanium bonded with bone effectively. Since then, titanium has been used in dental implants, knee and joint replacement and prostheses for the head and face.
Besides fusing with bone effectively (osseointegration), titanium has no harmful effects on the body. It is nontoxic and nonallergenic. Titanium dental implants that osseointegrate can stay in place for 30 years or more.
Titanium belongs to the group of corrosion-resistant alloys. Titanium resists corrosion by forming a protective layer of titanium dioxide that makes it hard for water and chemicals to penetrate.
Strong and Sturdy
Titanium is strong but extremely lightweight. It is lighter and stronger than steel and returns to its original shape after bending.
Titanium vs. Zirconium Implants
Zirconium implants are alternatives to titanium implants. Some studies suggest that zirconium fuses with bone as successfully as titanium, and the success rate of implant placement is comparable. Talk to an implant specialist to find out which material is best.
Narrow Body Implants (Mini Dental Implants)
If you’ve been told that you’re not a good candidate for conventional dental implants, narrow body dental implants may just change your life. Mini implants are smaller in diameter and can be placed even in areas of thin bone, eliminating invasive and costly bone grafts.
Santa Cruz implant dentist Dr. Matiasevich provides mini dental implants to stabilize dentures and replace missing teeth. Come in for a consultation today or call (978) 278-1760 to make an appointment. You can also use our convenient online form.