Dental implants are made to look and feel like your natural teeth and have become increasingly popular with our patients since they allow you to eat, speak, and smile normally and confidently. If you’ve been considering getting dental implants, you may be curious about what they are made of.
Dental Implant Materials That Are Commonly Used
Dental implants can be made from a variety of materials that all have different advantages and properties, but typically dental implants are made from titanium and zirconia, which are resistant to corrosion and fracturing.
Titanium is a very common dental implant material due to its ability to integrate with the jawbone and become a permanent fixture. This material also provides great durability, resists corrosion, and is a long-lasting replacement solution at a reasonable cost.
Zirconia is a newer material in the dental implant world and is a great option for those who have a metal allergy and can’t use titanium. It is also manufactured in one piece, rather than three pieces like titanium which can make the dental implant procedure easier.
Keep in mind the dental implant is the part of the new tooth that fuses with your jaw bone and will not be seen after the procedure is finished, while the part that looks like a tooth called the crown
is typically made out of ceramic or porcelain to maintain the look and durability of a real tooth. To learn more about dental implants, check out our dental implants
How Are Dental Implants Constructed?
To ensure the patient has a tooth that functions like their natural teeth, the dental implant must have a strong foundation as well as the durability needed to withstand the force of chewing and brushing.
A dental implant will go through three phases during construction, including:
- Placement- The surgical placement of the dental implant in the upper or lower jaw is the first step in the process. This will provide the artificial tooth with a strong foundation.
- Jawbone Integration- This process can take time as the implant integrates with your jawbone. This is a process called osseointegration, where the bone will heal around the implant and create a permanent fixture.
- Crown Placement- Once the dental implant has been surgically placed and integrated into the jawbone, we will place the dental crown or artificial tooth. These can be made from composite, metal, or porcelain.
This process can take a few months or more, depending on how quickly your jawbone heals and how long it takes to customize your dental crown.
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Dr. John A. Bamonte, a native of the Pittsburgh area, is a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and finished in the top 10 of his class in 1984 with the degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine. Through 1985, Dr. Bamonte practiced general dentistry with his father in Natrona Heights and concurrently earned a Master of Science degree in Anatomy/Histology at the University of Pittsburgh.