I’m about to get implant-supported dentures. I’ve been reading a lot online (I know…Google isn’t a dentist), but it is a good place to come across information. I read an article which said that titanium implants can cause neurological problems. Yet, there are so many dentists who will only place those. So, is the article incorrect or are dentists not willing to admit the research? Which one should I do?
I will never fault someone for doing research and trying to increase their basket of understanding. Yes, there is a lot of misinformation on Google, but isn’t it great how much information we have access to? We have to think and be discerning. You’re being wise in seeking out some expert voices when you come across conflicting information.
Let’s start with the article you came across. I’ve heard about this from another patient. They’d read it in a natural news source. There was no source for a study done which verified their data. It was simply posited as fact. I will say, to date, there are no studies which even hint that titanium can cause neurological problems.
The opposite has more data. We’ve been using titanium as a prosthetic in bodies for decades— in dental implants, knee replacements, hip replacements, etc. It has been found to be very biocompatible.
Why Do Fewer Dentists Use Zirconia Dental Implants?
For the most part, dentists tend to stick with what they know until they’re convinced that something is better. Dental implants, are an advanced procedure. Knowing the titanium has a proven longevity gives them a sense of security.
The zirconia implants are metal-free. They are strong enough for even back teeth and may be just as good as the titanium ones in the long-term, we just don’t know yet. Not because there is anything necessarily wrong with them, but because they haven’t been around long enough for those type of studies. It’s just a matter of time before we know more.
Which Should You Do for Your Implant Overdnetures?
With implant overdentures, you are anchoring a denture to four or six dental implants. It’s a decent-sized investment. If this is a stretch for you financially, you may feel safer going with the tried and true titanium. An exception to that would be if you are someone who suffers from metal-sensitivities. In that case, it may be worth it to go for the metal-free implants.
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