I lost three teeth in an accident and I have three titanium dental implants now. I came across some information raising some concern that titanium may cause possible neurological effects. So, I’m wondering if zirconia implants are better. I believe the brand name of the implants is CeraRoot. Does that sound like a safer option for the long term? Which type of dental implant is better for the patient?
-Jessica in Washington
Thank you for your question. At this time, titanium dental implants have a much longer track record than zirconia implants. We are unfamiliar with any research that suggests any adverse neurological effects, or any other biological effects of titanium. In fact, many dentists have titanium dental implants in their mouths. It is one of the most biocompatible of all dental materials for the human body.
That said, we are also unaware of any negative impacts of zirconia dental implants. However, there is not as much patient data or a long track record of performance. Therefore, most implant dentists will likely recommend titanium implants for their patients since they have had positive experiences with them. Also, it is worth mentioning that titanium is used in medical treatments like joint and bone replacement surgeries throughout the human body.
The zirconia may be appealing for those who are seeking metal-free dental implants due to a metal allergy or sensitivity. Sometimes, a patient may deal with an issue like that and this may be a better fit. But, if you are not allergic or have another health issue that would conflict with titanium, then titanium is likely what will be recommended to you.
Lastly, it is worth mentioning that there are certain metals, like iron and zinc, that play important functions in human biology and they are essential to a healthy diet.
Than you for your question. Hopefully, this will help you in making your decision.
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