Lakewood area dentist discusses zirconia vs titanium dental implants
Dr. Scott Stewart and the team at South Lakewood Dental believe in providing quality services to patients, while also ensuring that patients have access to biocompatible solutions for their smile. When it comes to putting metal in the oral cavity, it is strongly encouraged for patients to do their research to discuss the benefits of alternative materials, such as zirconium for dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Implants are used to replace one or more teeth within the smile in a more permanent manner. Implants are posts surgically implanted into the jawbone, and then restored with:
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
This provides the best stability compared to alternative solutions, and makes it the most popular option for patients.
Zirconia vs. titanium
Most dental implants are fabricated with a metal called titanium. While strong and durable, it is not biocompatible with the smile in the way zirconium is. We focus on the use of biocompatible materials when restoring the smile, and encourage patients to see the advantages of using zirconium implants instead of traditional titanium. Zirconium implants are:
- Resistant to corrosion
- White, ensuring a natural appearance
What is the process of obtaining dental implants?
The decision to have dental implants placed starts with an evaluation by Dr. Scott Stewart at South Lakewood Dental. Dr. Stewart assesses the smile and speaks with patients regarding all their tooth replacement options. Patients considering dental implants should have sufficient bone structure in place to ensure successful placement. This is determined with an x-ray. Once patients have decided to move forward with dental implants, they can schedule their appointment for placement. Placement is completed during one dental visit under proper sedation and anesthetics for optimum patient comfort. The dentist drills into the bone of the jaw and then places the implant strategically where it is needed for optimum results. The gum tissue is stitched and the process of osseointegration occurs. This is the growth of the bone around the implant, which holds it firmly in place for many years. The process can take several weeks, but creates the foundation needed for strength and stability. Dental implants are then completed with a restoration.
How do you care for dental implants?
Dental implants are stand-alone restorations that do not require much special attention when compared to alternatives such as dentures and bridges. Patients still need to brush and floss their teeth and visit their dentist regularly to check the health of their implants as well as the bone to ensure their restorations are maintaining their placement. When patients come to their dentist for their recall appointments, x-rays may be done to check the health of the bone and the implant placement.
Why choose dental implants?
Dental implants are one of the strongest tooth replacement solutions that our patients consider when they want a permanent solution. Dental implants are a wonderful investment in the smile’s health and functionality. Dr. Scott Stewart often recommends zirconium dental implants to individuals who are ready to make a wise choice for long-term tooth replacement. Patients who are not candidates for dental implants, such as those without sufficient bone structure, may want to speak to our team about other options such as dental bridges and full or partial dentures. Our staff walks patients through the pros and cons of every tooth replacement solution, so individuals can make an educated decision.
Schedule an appointment with our team today!
The team at South Lakewood Dental is here to assist patients in the community of Lakewood, Colorado with general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry solutions. We welcome new patients who are ready for compassionate, comprehensive care. Our friendly front office team can be reached by phone at (855) 233-0023 and is in Suite 11 at 2525 South Wadsworth Boulevard. Call today to find out more about this and many other restoration solutions readily available in our state-of-the-art dental facility.