Titanium implants ¿implants or zirconium?

Written by: Javier de la Cruz Conejo
Published: | Updated: 11/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Dental implants are structures, usually bolted, morphologically trying to replace the root of a tooth.

Depending on the material they are made, there are two types of dental implants:

  • The titanium: the mechanical properties of titanium are very favorable and allow us a lot of prosthetic solutions to restore the tooth crown. They are most commonly used for its mechanical properties and the possibility to screw the crowns inside the implants.
  • The zirconium: are used in patients with allergy to titanium, which is rare, or in patients who do not want to use metal inside your body. In addition, it is also used by holistic dentistry, a branch of the specialty that seeks to treat the patient from a holistic and integrated manner to the body.

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Problems of dental implants

Regarding zirconium dental implants, which have been used much less, crowns can not be screwed, but it will cemented. The implants are generally single phase, ie, the root and crown are in the same body. This entails many problems when making the prosthesis as sometimes the specialists in dentistry have to carve the implant itself.

Thus, the problem of zirconium implants is that, by the morphological characteristics of the material fracture much easier. In addition, there is an aesthetic risk, because being a single and rigid limits us greatly depending on the locations of the implant.


Duration of dental implants

Studies durability of implants without complications give them both the same problems and the same duration. But also tell us that the duration of the zirconia implants, they become long in the mouth is significantly lower than that of titanium.

Zirconium implants are an alternative but must develop much more material to be at the same level as titanium dental implants.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Javier de la Cruz Conejo

Dr. de la Cruz is a specialist in oral-maxillofacial surgery and Master's degree in implantology. He graduated in Dentistry at the Complutense University of Madrid and university expert in cosmetic dentistry by the University Rey Juan Carlos I. In 2002 he won the international certification expert prosthesis Veneers and Lumineers 2.

It also collaborates with the services of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Clinical Hospital San Carlos and the department of oral surgery and implants at the Complutense University of Madrid. He is a member of many societies like the Spanish Society of Oral Surgery and the Spanish Society of Periodontology.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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