You are missing a tooth or multiple teeth and have considered all the options available in Carrollton, Texas. Dr. Adnan Saleem and the team at Hebron Smiles have presented the tooth replacement options they offer, and you are considering dental implants. However, you have concerns about whether a titanium dental implant is safe to introduce into your body. In fact, introducing any foreign object into your body makes you slightly apprehensive. You are not alone. It is natural to be cautious about introducing foreign entities into your body, especially the oral cavity. Dr. Adnan would like to tell you more about titanium dental implants.
Dr. Saleem would first like to make it very clear that, yes, titanium dental implants are quite safe and actually have an incredibly low rate of complication and failure. Titanium is a metal that has been used in various medical procedures over the past several decades, which has led dentists and oral surgeons to use it for safe dental implants.
One reason titanium is used by doctors, dentists, and other medical professionals is because it is a biocompatible material. This means that your body will not detect it as a harmful intruder and try to reject it. This makes it a perfect material for dental implants because your jawbone has to integrate and fuse with the titanium implant post via osseointegration.
Aside from how your body will positively interact with titanium, there are other reasons it is also used. Titanium is very strong yet also lightweight. It can withstand significant wear and tear and the pressure that will be put on it from your bite. Titanium will not interfere with x-rays or other imaging, which you may need in the future.
Finally, titanium is incredibly long-lasting. When you get a titanium dental implant placed, you can expect it to last a lifetime, barring unforeseen complications such as physical trauma to the jaw. Otherwise, with proper care, your implant should last you a lifetime. However, one thing to note here is that the tooth prosthetic attached to the implant will need replacement on occasion.