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Titanium Vs Ceramic Dental Implants - Which Material is Better?

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Last Reviewed 25 June 2024

Medically reviewed by Dr. Peter Doherty, Bachelor Dent. Sc. (Trinity College Dublin) 2003, MFDS (RCSI), PG Cert Implant Dentistry (Newcastle), Implant Dentist

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If you're considering titanium or ceramic dental implants, you're likely wondering which material is better for your needs.

Deciding between these options can be challenging, but we're here to help! Both titanium and ceramic (zirconia) implants offer unique benefits as well as their own challenges.

We only use titanium implants for many reasons (explained below) as well as its long-term results.

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In this article, we'll explore the ins and outs of each option, providing you with the information you need to choose the best material for your dental health.

So, let's get started and find out whether titanium or ceramic implants are the right choice for your perfect smile!

How Titanium Dental Implants Look

Titanium Dental Implants

What Are Titanium Dental Implants?

Titanium implants are made of small metal screws that go into the jawbone. Over time, the screw and jaw bone fuse together, which forms an anchor for replacement teeth.

We can use a titanium implant to replace an individual tooth, replacing multiple teeth as part of bridges, or to provide more stability for dentures.

Pros Of Titanium Dental Implants

DurabilityTitanium is one of the most durable metals, and the dental industry has utilised it for decades. Its strength makes it suitable for implants, as the metal can withstand bite forces and has superior fracture resistance.
BiocompatibleAs a biocompatible material, titanium is corrosion-resistant and doesn't cause any reactions. It also creates an oxide layer, protecting it from bodily fluids and ensuring a long-lasting solution.
Proven Track RecordTitanium implants have a proven track record. As long as you maintain oral hygiene, they can exceed 15 years.
OsseointegrationTitanium is one of the few metals able to perform osseointegration, which is when the jawbone and implant fuse together.

Cons Of Titanium Dental Implants

Unsuitable for Metal AllergiesTitanium implants have very few disadvantages, which is why reputable dentists recommend them. However, if you suffer from a metal sensitivity specifically to titanium, you might need to avoid them to prevent reactions.
AppearanceIn most cases, titanium implants are unnoticeable, but they are more visible in people with receding gums or thin gum tissues.

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What Are Ceramic Dental Implants?

Ceramic implants - also known as zirconia dental implants - are made from zirconium. Despite being a transitional metal, zirconium undergoes a treatment process that turns it into a ceramic. 

While some people opt for zirconia implants, they're not as popular as titanium implants.

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Pros Of Ceramic Dental Implants

They're Not MetalCeramic implants are an alternative treatment if you can't have metal implants due to allergies.
BiocompatibleZirconia dental implants are also biocompatible and won't cause any reactions.

Cons Of Ceramic Dental Implants

FracturesCeramic is a rigid material with little flexibility. It's less fracture-proof than titanium, increasing the risks of early replacements.
CostsIf you choose ceramic implants, you'll spend more money as they're expensive to manufacture.
Limited ProofAs a relatively new material, zirconia implants don't have the same track record as titanium implants.
AvailabilityMany professional dentists avoid ceramic implants because titanium has a stronger track record. You might struggle to find a clinic that offers them.

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Ceramic Vs Titanium Dental Implants: Which Is The Best Material For Dental Implants?

When it comes to titanium and ceramic implants, most specialists agree that titanium is the superior material.

Let's compare both implant materials:

AffordabilityTitanium implants cost less than ceramic because they don't undergo extensive manufacturing. Even though titanium is more affordable than ceramic, it's still proven to last longer.
StrengthBoth zirconia and titanium implants are rigid in design, but titanium has more flexibility. Chewing and biting can generate a lot of force, and ceramic implants are more prone to fractures. Titanium is also more resistant to high temperatures, enhancing its durability.
Dentist PreferenceMost dentists - including the team at 3Dental - advise patients to invest in titanium implants over ceramic implants. They have a long history of proven results and can last years with proper care. Dental implant patients can access more options when using titanium, as dentists often work with it.
OsseointegrationBoth ceramic and titanium implants perform well and ensure osseointegration, which is vital for ensuring the implant forms a strong surface for replacement teeth. However, research shows ceramic implants have a longer osseointegration time than titanium. (Science Direct)

Why Do Dentists At 3Dental Recommend Titanium Dental Implants Over Ceramic Dental Implants?

Exploring Titanium Implants At 3Dental

Titanium dental implants are an effective way to transform your smile and enjoy increased dental functionality.

As specialists in titanium implant systems, 3Dental can help you find the right solution for your needs and offer support throughout the process.

Whether you'd like to replace one or multiple teeth, our experts have years of experience helping patients achieve their dental goals. Book your free consultation with an expert today.

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Commonly Asked Questions

Why are titanium dental implants the best solution for replacing teeth?

Titanium implants are the best way to replicate the look and functionality of natural teeth. Implant procedures fuse with the jawbone, resulting in a stable base for replacement teeth. Dentures are less invasive but often slip out and provide less functionality.

We won't need to make any changes to your surrounding teeth during the implant placement, either.

What if I have a titanium allergy?

Titanium is the clear winner in the ceramic vs. titanium implant debate. However, if you're allergic to titanium implant material, you should opt for a ceramic implant instead.

Why should I go to a reputable dentist in Ireland?

Implant dentistry is a highly specialised field that requires a lot of expertise. While some people go abroad to seek cheaper treatment, the risks of implant failure increase. Visiting a professional clinic for titanium dental implants gives you access to a reputable team of specialists with years of experience.

3Dental also offers convenient payment plans, enabling you to split the costs of your treatment into monthly payments.

How long will my titanium implants last?

Titanium implants can last for 15 years or longer, depending on how you care for them.

Proper oral hygiene is essential, as plaque accumulation can result in gum problems around an implant and eventual implant loss.

Heavy smoking can also damage bone and gum tissues, making you more susceptible to gum problems around dental implants.

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