Dental implants are an amazing treatment for tooth replacement. Many dentists use titanium implants, but at The Center for Holistic Dental Medicine in Red Bank, New Jersey, Dr. Glenn A. MacFarlane utilizes ceramic dental implants.
At The Center for Holistic Dental Medicine, Dr. MacFarlane and his team want to help each patient they see achieve superior health and well-being. Because Dr. MacFarlane specializes in a holistic approach to dentistry, his goals are more than just delivering great oral care, but to help each patient through a focus on the health of the entire body and its relation to dental health. One way they do this is by choosing ceramic over titanium for dental implants. Here are some reasons why ceramic works so well for Dr. MacFarlane’s patients.
There is nothing more pleasant than a beautiful smile. It is the first thing others will notice about you. One aspect of a beautiful smile is bright teeth without any dark coloring, and this becomes a problem when a dentist uses titanium for implants. Titanium is a dark, metallic shade that could show up at the gumline over time. If your gums recede, the dark shade of the dental implant will likely show through. With ceramic implants, you will not need to worry about this because ceramic matches the color of natural teeth.
When you receive dental implants, the healing process is critical to the success of your implant. Ceramic implants take significantly less time to heal than their titanium counterparts. Titanium implants contain various metals, including vanadium, nickel and aluminum, which can create a toxic reaction. Ceramic is biocompatible, minimizing the chance of any negative reaction of rejection by the body. What results is a recovery process that is faster and smoother.
Compared to titanium implants, ceramic implants do not conduct heat or electricity. This is because no metals are present in a ceramic implant and it is resistant to chemical corrosion. As a holistic dentist, Dr. MacFarlane makes it his mission to never introduce toxic metals into the mouth of patients.