The Amazing World of Titanium And Why It’s Used In Dental Implants
If you’re looking to undergo surgery for dental implants in Richmond, then it’s likely that you’ve done some research. During your investigations one of the first things that you would have come across is that titanium is the main material used in the implant procedure and has been for many years, but why is this? Let’s take a look…
Titanium is one tough material and is resistant to just about any other matter. For example, it can withstand attacks from natural acids often found in foods and drink; fluorine, a major ingredient present in most dental cleaning products such as mouthwashes and toothpaste; and chlorine which is naturally found in water. Further to this, when titanium comes into contact with oxygen it attracts it to form an oxidised layer which further protects the metal from other harmful substances.
Strong and durable
Pound for pound titanium has the same qualities and indeed strength as low-grade steel. It won’t warp, bend or buckle. Every time we chew food we exert around 200lbs PSI of pressure which bears down on our teeth and gums. Therefore you need a metal that’s going to cope with this. For this reason, titanium fits the bill perfectly.
It’s incredibly lightweight
Although very similar to steel in the remit that’s it’s tough and strong, where titanium has an advantage is that it’s also incredibly lightweight. The reason being that titanium has a low-density structure meaning that once inserted into the jawbone; it feels just like a normal tooth.
Although it’s fair to say that titanium has some pretty amazing qualities, there’s perhaps one in particular that makes it stand head and shoulders above all other materials and that’s its ability to be bio-compatible. As it is non-allergenic, titanium has been successfully used in operations such as hip replacement for many years, but the one thing that really makes it special is it’s ability to fuse with bone tissue. This process is known as osseointegration and is vital to the success of all dental implants. In Richmond, Sheen Dental have been fitting dental implants very successfully for many years and as such use a variety of implants to suit the needs and requirements of the patient; but the one thing that they all have in common is that they are all made from the same base material, titanium.
If you want to find out more about dental implants in Richmond, then Dr Harmit Kalsi and the team at Sheen Dental are standing by to assist. Why not contact them on 020 8876 5277 or visit the website at www.sheendental.co.uk to book your free consultation today.