Why Your Dental Implants Are Safe from Rust or Corrosion
Dental implants are durable and can last a lifetime with proper care. The key to their long lifespan is in their materials—zirconia and titanium. Many people wonder whether implants can rust, since they’re made of metal. Today, the experts at Oral Maxillofacial Surgery of Phoenix answer that question and talk about why dental implants are so long-lasting.
Can Dental Implants Rust?
Dr. Bebeau, Arizona’s leading oral surgeon, uses titanium screws for his dental implants. These titanium screws, which are used to secure the implant crowns, are rust-resistant and compatible with the human body. After years of research, doctors have found that titanium is an excellent material to use for both dental implants and orthopedic joint replacements because titanium bonds well to bone.
The crown portion, which attaches to the implant, is often made of zirconia. Zirconia has a very low chance of rusting or corroding, so you won’t have to worry. They are rust-resistant because they are oxidized, which shields them from corrosion. Even though Zirconia is made of a metal called zirconium, the oxidation process turns it into a hard, rust-resistant, ceramic material.
Zirconia crowns are also bioinert, which prevents them from rusting. When an object is bioinert, it means that it will not cause a chemical reaction, move to other parts of the body, or rust. Materials that are bioinert have minimal reactions to the body and will allow the surrounding tissues to regrow.
Will Dental Implants Rust Over Time?
In most cases, dental implants last for a very long time, but they may need maintenance toward the end of their lifespan. While titanium and Zirconia resist rust better than other materials, implants sometimes need to be replaced due to wear and corrosion.
The tell-tale signs of a failed dental implant are pain or drainage from the implant site. If you notice any of these signs, or if your implant is uncomfortable, contact Dr. Bebeau as soon as possible so you can avoid further discomfort or infection.
Long-Lasting Dental Implants in Phoenix and Scottsdale
Dental implants can last up to 20 years, giving you a smile that you can be proud of. If you’re in the Scottsdale or Phoenix area, and you’re looking for dental implants that last, visit Dr. Bebeau.