I am considering getting dental implants, but have heard that those based on a titanium implant can cause neurological problems because of metal being used in the body. Yet, most dentists prefer to use titanium, even though there are zirconia implants available. Is there a reason for this?
There hasn’t been any research, that I am aware of, which indicates the titanium from dental implants causes neurological problems. In fact, titanium has been used for decades throughout the body, including procedures such as hip replacements.
A blanket condemnation of metals being used in our bodies is not justified, though many naturopaths lean that way. However, our body needs certain metals such as iron and zinc. In fact, they are essential to a healthy body and are needed in your nutrition.
The simple reason most dentists prefer the traditional titanium dental implants is documentation. We have decades of evidence they work and are safe. The Zirconia implants are still new.
When to Get Zirconia Dental Implants
If you had severe metal sensitivities, then by all means, go for the zirconia implants. There are dentists comfortable using them.
You’re also fine to get them if it just makes you more comfortable than the idea of titanium, so long as you understand it doesn’t have as much documentation on its longevity.
I wouldn’t do it out of fear of neurological problems, though, simply because those fears aren’t based on any empirical evidence.
The most important factor in any implant case is finding a dentist with the right training and experience. Make sure they have a high success rate (no less than 98%).
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