In a world of dental implants, there are two superpowers that battle each other for the right to call themselves the victor: Titanium and Zirconia.
Okay, that’s a bit over dramatic, but you get the point. Titanium and zirconia are the two main materials used in modern dental implants.
Each of these have benefits and risks, but is one better than the other?
Titanium is a type of metal often used in dental implants because its properties are known to fuse well with human bone It has been used for decades, and it’s so strong and lightweight that surgeons use it for hip and knee replacements.
Although zirconia has not been used in implant dentistry as much as titanium, it still a viable option. It hasn’t been used enough to tell what its long-term effects are. The dental industry in the United States has been using them only since 2007 and in Europe since the 1980s.
Zirconia, which is a metal-free crystal material, is usually a one-piece implant that’s inserted into your jawbone, as opposed to titanium implants, which usually have three parts.
Even though zirconia is the underdog in the dental implant world, it still has plenty of benefits. Here are a few:
No chance of a metal allergy
Shorter surgery thanks to it being one piece instead of multiple
Very aesthetically pleasing
So both titanium and zirconia have pros and cons, so how can you know which one to choose when it comes to your dental implant?
Here’s a comparison to hopefully help you in your decision.