Dental Implant Materials
The materials that are used in dental implants take several factors into consideration, namely biocompatibility, strength, and longevity. Dr. Embree, along with all of our staff at Embree Dentistry, strive to enhance our patient’s health, and along with that comes considering the impact that the procedure and materials used will have. Before treatment, we will create a complete plan, starting with a complete exam of your entire oral cavity, and asking relevant medical questions concerning your health and medications that you are taking.
A dental implant is more than just a replacement tooth; it is a device that we set into your bone. The only way to truly restore a missing tooth is to restore the root that the tooth was set in. A dental implant is a titanium piece that is surgically placed into your jaw. Once placed, the implant does more than just rest in place; your body will incorporate it, make it part of your bone as the bone builds up and heals around the implant. After several months, the implant should be permanently bonded to your jawbone. With the implant securely in place, Dr. Embree then has several options for replacing your teeth. An implant can be used to stabilize a dental crown, a dental bridge, or even a denture. Dr. Embree will review these options with you in the planning phase of your treatment.
The materials used in your implant consist of three main categories, which are:
Titanium metal dental implants have been found through studies to have an extremely high rate of success. Titanium is considered the most biocompatible metal. Its resistance to failure from bodily fluids and its high rate of reacting favorably with bone in osseointegration allows for a high level of success in treatment.
In decades past, scientists attempted repairs and implants using various metals; titanium was found to be the best fit for being in the human body without rejection. Titanium is the metal of choice for surgical repairs all over the skeletal frame, including the hips, knees, shoulders, and tooth replacement.
Studies have shown titanium to be a highly strong metal, particularly when considering its weight. Titanium is stronger than most commonly used steel at about half the weight. For dentists, doctors, and surgeons, the incredible strength of titanium, along with its remarkably lightweight, makes it an ideal metal for surgical repair.
Titanium implants have a proven record of long-term success. At ten years and twenty years post-implantation, more than 90% of patients have continued success with their titanium implants. This very high rate of success makes dental implants the most successful dental restoration over any other procedure. Many patients will be able to retain their dental implants for the remainder of their life. Failure in implants, if it is going to occur, is most often in the first year following placement, and most often due to a decreased ability to heal properly. Dr. Embree will work to reduce the chance of failure before placement.
Dr. Embree is happy to review dental implants, and the materials used, and how to maintain your implant, with you. For more information on restoring a missing tooth, and why it is best for your oral health, contact our Ann Arbor office at: (734) 973-0000.