I read an article which said that titanium has neurological ill-affects. I already have two titanium dental implants and am about to need a third implant. If the current titanium is a danger, should I remove the other two and switch them to zirconia when I get my third implant?
While we live in a time where we have information at our fingertips, that overabundance of information sometimes makes it hard to tell the sheep from the goats. There aren’t any legitimate studies that show titanium has any impact on our neurological system. In fact, there is more data on the titanium implants than there is on the zirconia. That doesn’t necessarily mean the zirconia is sub-par. They have just been used for significantly less time so we don’t have as many long-term information on them.
To put your mind at ease, titanium is very biocompatible. It has been used for years in more than just dental implants. They do all types of joint and bone replacements as well. Through decades of data we’ve found titanium to be safe and to hold up for the patient for their lifetime.
This does not mean the zirconia is unsafe and doesn’t hold up well. In fact, zirconia is very strong and has been dubbed ceramic steel. It just hasn’t been around long enough for us to collect the data.
It will be no problem for your new dental implant to be done with zirconia. I love advancements in a field so go for it! The question I would weigh carefully is should you switch your two current dental implants?
Switching Your Dental Implants
It is possible to switch out your current implants for metal-free dental implants. I just want you to have all the information before you start. When the current implants you have are removed, it will leave a gap in the bone structure. This means there will no longer be enough bone there to retain your new implants. In order to fix that, you will need to have bone grafting done.
Once you’ve healed from that, you can move forward with placing the implants. While the dental implant procedure has a high success rate in the hands of a skilled and experienced dentist, there are always risks. Currently, you have two successful implants. Taking them out and replacing them runs the risk of dental implant failure with your new ones. I’m not saying don’t do it. I’m saying if you want to, make sure you go into it with your eyes wide open.
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