Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide a fixed, stable, long-term solution to the problem of missing teeth. There are several different types of dental implants available. To help patients understand which one is right for them, Dr. Todd Fincher can perform a thorough evaluation at our practice serving Greenwood and Greenville, MS. By offering a wide range of dental implant types and techniques, Dr. Fincher and his team can find the very best solution for every type of implant patient.
Titanium vs. Ceramic Dental Implants
For more than four decades, most dental implants have been created from titanium with effective, dependable results including high success rates. Titanium is a metal that predictably fuses with surrounding bone tissue, making it a safe choice for dental implants. However, some patients may not tolerate titanium. In these instances, patients may be better suited for ceramic dental implants.
Ceramic dental implants are constructed from zirconium; therefore, they are completely metal-free. Zirconium also closely mimics the color of natural teeth, offering truly aesthetic results. In addition, ceramic implants reduce the risk of metal corrosion or heat conductivity.
Although ceramic dental implants have not been tested for as many years as titanium dental implants have, they have held up under normal-condition durability tests. However, patients who suffer from bruxism may not be candidates for ceramic dental implants, which can crack under the pressure of constant grinding or clenching.