On average, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 are missing 6.5 teeth. Getting your wisdom teeth out is normal and won’t hinder your oral function; in fact, it can make things better. However, other missing teeth can make it challenging to eat, speak, and smile.

Brighton Dental with Dr Woods talking about implants and metals

Brighton Dental with Dr Woods talking about implants and metals

To solve this issue, there are dental implants available. They mimic natural teeth (down to the roots), and there are two types: ceramic and titanium.

In this article, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of ceramic vs. titanium dental implants.

Titanium Implants

Dental implants were invented in the 1960s, and the material used then and today is titanium. They’re made of two pieces: a metal piece in the jawbone and the artificial tooth that goes on top. A metal post (abutment) connects these two pieces.

These implants are strong, meaning fractures are very rare. They can last up to 25 years if you take good care of them.

Ceramic Implants

Ceramic implants are fairly new to the scene. They were only introduced to the US in 2009, although they were used in Europe for longer.

These are made of just one piece for both the implant and the artificial tooth. While they can last as long as titanium implants, ceramic implants are prone to cracks and small fractures. However, they’re easily repaired, so you don’t have to worry much.

Many people mistakenly believe that ceramic implants aren’t metal. But they’re made of zirconia, which is then painted white.

Titanium vs. Ceramic Dental Implants

Both types of dental implants are FDA-approved. So you’re safe regardless of which type you pick. Also, the healing time is about the same for both (three to six months).

Titanium may be the better choice since there’s more extensive research. Also, these implants are smaller than ceramic ones, and they’re easier to place since there are two pieces instead of one.

There’s also get a higher success rate with titanium dental implants. On average, we see a 99% success rate with titanium vs. 75% with ceramic.

On the other hand, because there’s no gray metal below your gums, ceramic implants have a more natural look. Plus, they’re hypoallergenic; while titanium allergies are rare, they do occur. In addition, ceramic implants don’t attract and retain as much plaque and bacteria, so if oral hygiene is an issue for you, this might be the better option.

As for pricing, titanium is more affordable. Ceramic implants need more care and time to manufacture and place.

Get the Right Dental Implants for You

There’s no single right answer when it comes to which dental implants you should get.

Instead, it’s important for you to weigh the pros and cons of each on your own, then discuss them with your dentist. You can also ask them any questions or have them address any concerns you might have about implants. And together, you can decide on the type that’s right for your needs, budget, and body.

To discuss and get dental implants, call us today.