At Almeida & Bell Dental Cosmetic, Implant & Sedation Dentistry in Lone Tree CO, we offer top-of-the-line dental implants. But we understand that the idea of a titanium post in your smile can put some people off!
The good news is: titanium is actually one of the safest metals for dentistry. It bonds perfectly with natural bone structure and is usually covered with a crown or denture, which means that the metal will not show in pictures!
Controversy Over Whether Dental Amalgam is Toxic
Another one of the common myths brought up about dental amalgam is that they contain a small amount of mercury. Some dental patients are worried that mercury is toxic or dangerous to one’s health.
The good news: Both the American Dental Association and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have reviewed volumes of research and concluded that dental amalgam does not pose a health risk.
Is There a Metal-Free Dental Implant?
All that said, it seems many individuals do not want any metal in their mouth, regardless of what the FDA and ADA say. This leads to the question “Is there a metal-free alternative to titanium for dental implants?”
Though some implant dentists offer Zirconia implants, and they’re regularly touted as a non-metal alternative to titanium posts, they are actually not technically metal free. Zirconium, though much closer in appearance to non-metals, is chemically a metal, too! So don’t be fooled by anyone calling these implants ceramic. They work in much the same way as titanium implants and, so far, no difference has been found between the two. Both materials are metal, FDA approved, biocompatible, and safe to use for dental implants.
At Almeida & Bell Dental Cosmetic, Implant & Sedation Dentistry in Lone Tree CO, we want all our patients to trust the reliability of our dental implants. We specialize in implant dentistry and patients from Highlands Ranch, Denver, and Littleton also come to us for general and cosmetic options. Contact us today for an appointment!
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