I’m trying to decide about an upcoming dental implant procedure. My dentist is suggesting a titanium implant but I recently read on a natural news site that titanium causes neurological problems. Because of that, wouldn’t I be better off with a zirconia dental implant?
I should tell you there aren’t any studies which indicate any neurological problems related to titanium. While some natural news sites are reputable and only publish verifiable data, others postulate more than report, without any empirical data to back it up.
Titanium has been used successfully for decades and is considered very biocompatible. It’s not just used in dental implants but in joint replacements as well, such as when people have their hips replaced. The biggest benefit to using a titanium dental implant is they have a proven track record. We know they are durable and last for decades in a person’s body without problems.
Is It Okay to Use Zirconia Implants?
I wouldn’t say there is anything wrong with using zirconia dental implants, so long as you understand the risk. They haven’t been around nearly as long and we don’t have the data on their longevity. That doesn’t mean they won’t last as long. It just means we don’t know.
Some patients have severe metal allergies. Even though an allergy to titanium is rare, it does happen. In those cases, I will suggest a zirconia implant. Because you haven’t mentioned an allergy to metals I’d say it is up to you. Your dentist may have strong feelings, but yours should be taken into consideration too as it is your body.
I just wouldn’t make a decision solely on the assertion of a website who didn’t give any reliable data to back up their claim. Instead, find a reputable implant dentist and see what they think.
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