Dental implants are generally the preferred method for replacing lost teeth. For more than four decades titanium implants have been and continue to be mainstream in implant dentistry. Most dentists today are trained to use and offer titanium and titanium alloy dental implants which are all metal.
The human body is built to reject foreign objects, and when it comes to metal objects, there are plenty of fluids throughout the human body that could cause a lot of corrosion. However, due to some of the titanium’s unique characteristics, it is the ideal material for dental implants.
Titanium is extremely biocompatible. What this means is that it has a high passivity, and it is resistant to most mineral acids and chlorides than any other types of body fluids that could cause corrosion on other metals.
It is not just that titanium is safe to sit in a human body. This metal will actually fuse with existing bone through a process called osseointegration.
Can Anyone Get A Dental Implant?
In general, if you are healthy enough to receive a routine dental extraction or undergo oral surgery, you are probably a good candidate for dental implants. You will need to have healthy gums and, more importantly, enough bone to hold onto and integrate with the titanium implant.
How Long Does It Take?
Placing a titanium dental implant will take some time, not for the actual procedure, but it will take a while for the bone to properly fuse to the titanium. In general, we expect this to take anywhere from three to four months, depending on a number of different variables.
Once the bone and the titanium have formed a secure bond, your dentist will attach the abutment and the crown so you can start smiling again.
To learn more about dental implants contact Smile Esthetics Scottsdale at (480) 448-0770 today.