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Ceramic Implants vs Titanium Implants

Both titanium and zirconium ceramic implants have advantages and disadvantages that patients should be aware of before choosing their implant material. The question of which dental implant treatment is right for you requires an in depth conversation with our implant specialist Dr. Edgar Montano, DDS.

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Titanium Dental Implants

Titanium implant pegs are the traditional choice for dental implants, because of a unique property of titanium that facilitates osseointegration. In other words, titanium actually encourages the bone in your jaw to grow over and bond with it, creating an extremely stable foundation for your implant crown.

For many patients, this is the best option. However, if you show a lot of gums when you smile, and your gum tissue seems thin or translucent, you may be worried about the dark metal showing through. Or, if you eventually suffer from receding gums, you may also have issues with the gray metal showing.

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Zirconium Ceramic Implants

Ceramic implant pegs are bone-colored, meaning there is no possibility of an issue with a dark metal peg showing at the gum line. This makes ceramic implants a more reliably natural looking choice. Additionally, ceramic implants have the advantage of being metal-free which can be beneficial for patients with concerns about metal allergies.

Previously, ceramic implant pegs were problematic because they were prone to fracturing and sometimes did not bond well with bone. However, recent improvements in the ceramic materials used for dental implants addressed these issues. Today’s ceramic implants are much stronger and also feature new surface treatments to make them much more biocompatible.