If the idea of placing a foreign material in your body makes you a little apprehensive, you are not alone. Many people feel some trepidation about putting metal materials in their bodies, especially in the oral cavity.
According to Orlando oral surgeon Ronald Trevisani, titanium dental implants are completely safe and have a very low rate of complications. Titanium has been used for many different medical purposes over the decades, and implant dentists and oral surgeons have had great success with the material.
Advantages of Titanium Dental Implants
The biggest advantage of titanium is that it is biocompatible and does not harm the jawbone or any of the body’s tissues. The body accepts the material and bonds with it so it can serve as a strong anchor for the replacement tooth that is later placed. Titanium does not cause infection and it does not decay or corrode within the body.
Titanium is also strong, yet lightweight, and can stand up to a lot of wear and tear. It acts as a great base for a replacement tooth and supports normal chewing and biting function. The metal material does not interfere with X-rays or other imaging tests.
Another important advantage is that titanium is intended to be a long-lasting material. A properly placed titanium post can last virtually a lifetime.
Why The Skill of Your Dentist Matters
Dental implant surgery is one of the safest procedures in dentistry when it is performed by an experienced and skilled implant provider. If you are considering having an implant placed, do your homework and select an oral surgeon that has demonstrated he or she has the training, experience and skill required to perform this procedure successfully. Selecting an implant dentist or oral surgeon lacking the necessary qualifications could mean that they place the titanium implant incorrectly, raising the risk of implant failure and other complications.
Another factor that matters is your health. If you are severely immunocompromised, a heavy smoker or have an uncontrolled disease like diabetes, you may have a high chance of implant failure. A qualified implant dentist or oral surgeon can evaluate your candidacy for dental implants and advise whether they are a suitable option for you.
To discuss dental implants with our Orlando oral surgeon, Dr. Ronald Trevisani, please call or email our practice today.