You have probably heard about the remarkable strength and durability of dental implants. This can be largely attributed to the fact that the prosthetic tooth roots of dental implants are made of titanium. Why use this material? And what makes titanium so beneficial when it comes to replacing teeth?
Here are some basic reasons why titanium is the material of choice in today’s dental implants:
Titanium is a distinctive metal that is biocompatible, meaning it is well accepted in the human body and not harmful or toxic to living tissue. In fact, many joint replacement surgeries involve the use of titanium.
Strength and Durability
Titanium is also marked by its high durability. It is one of the only materials that have been found to strengthen the bone after it is installed for its intended purpose.
One of the most unique qualities of titanium is its ability to fuse directly to the jaw bone. Since titanium is the material that acts as the tooth root in a dental implant, it is highly important that this “root” has something to anchor to. Essentially, osseointegration is what makes dental implants work and titanium is what allows them to do so. Osseointegration is the direct structural and functional connection between living bone and the surface of a load-bearing artificial implant. This fusing process typically occurs over the course of 3 to 6 months. Your implants dentist will monitor your healing very carefully before placing a restoration (crown) or fixed dentures on top of the implant.
The use of titanium in dental implants has revolutionized the way patients replace missing teeth. This unique, durable and biocompatible metal is what helps countless patients feel confident in living with dental implants.