Novato Implant Dentist Shares Facts about Titanium in Dental Implants

Written by Dr. McConnell on Jul 28, 2014

As new technologies are developed in other industries, modern dentistry has kept pace, utilizing modern methods and materials that were not available even twenty years ago. These new methods not only open new areas of treatment in general and restorative dentistry, but greatly enhance the patient’s comfort and recovery time. A good example is the seeming explosion of the use of dental implants made possible in recent years through the use of titanium.

Dental implants can now be used to replace missing teeth. A titanium ‘root’ is implanted into the jaw and allowed to integrate into the surrounding tissue and bone (referred to as osseointegration). Once the ‘root’ has integrated with the structure of the jaw, a dental prosthetic is attached, creating a ‘new’ tooth.

Some patients are concerned about the safety of titanium because it is a foreign substance, but your Gentle Dental Marin County Implant Dentist knows that there is simply no other metal in existence that can be introduced into the human body safely and with the benefits of titanium, and it has become the metal of choice within the medical field. Titanium is:

  • Strong, yet lightweight
  • Corrosion Resistant
  • Cost-efficient
  • Non-toxic
  • Biocompatible (non-toxic AND not rejected by the body)
  • Long-lasting
  • Non-ferromagnetic (patients with titanium implants can safely obtain MRI’s)
  • Osseointegrated (the joining of bone with artificial implant)
  • Flexibility and elasticity rivals that of human bone

Titanium is also incredibly durable and long-lasting and can last longer than 20 years. Titanium dental implants can be safely used as titanium is judged to be completely inert and immune to corrosion by all body fluids and tissue, making it completely bio-compatible.

If you’re embarrassed about missing teeth, contact Novato Implant Dentist today for a free consultation. It is possible to bring back your beautiful smile safely and effectively with long-lasting dental implants.