Going to the dentist isn't any fun, but it is one of those things that just has to be done. For years, I fought the process and didn't go for my regular cleanings and in the end, it sure didn't pay to do so. I ended up spending ten times as much time in the chair and a boat-load of money in dental repairs. If you don't like going to the dentist, you can make it easier on yourself. This blog will show you a few tips that can help you improve the experience and get through the treatment without as much discomfort.
If you consult with a half dozen dental implant providers, you will find that the majority of them (if not all) want you to have the titanium abutment screws. You might be inclined to think that is fine, considering that the medical community uses titanium for all kinds of things (namely, pins and rods for resetting bone). However, you do have another option. Ceramic abutment screws are available, and you can get them, but only if you ask your dentist for them. If your dentist is willing and able to use the ceramic abutment screws, here are the reasons why you should choose them over the titanium ones.
Ceramic Is Far Less Likely to Break Your Jaw
Yes, titanium is very durable, but if your face or mouth is hit hard enough where the implants are that the implant screw breaks off, the titanium could cause a fracture in your jaw or facial bones. If you use ceramic instead, it will not fracture your jaw or facial bones. In fact, the ceramic will hold its place, and there is an even lower chance that the implant screw would break.
Bone Fuses to Ceramic Better and Faster
Doctors rely on the building of bone cells and how bone cells grow over the titanium in breaks and implants. It takes a long time because the titanium is a non-porous metal that is very hard. Ceramic, on the other hand, is porous. It is similar to the bone surrounding it once it is inserted. The bone cells more readily accept the ceramic implant screws, and quickly grow in and around the implants faster than they do around titanium implants. That means that you are able to chew harder, tougher foods sooner and that any damage you incur to your jaw or face during the healing process will not so easily knock these implants out.
Better Soft Tissue Adhesion and Lower Plaque
During and after the healing process, soft gum tissue adheres better to the ceramic implant. It holds tighter, and there is less inflammation. For people that have never had a titanium implant and find out after the fact that they are allergic to titanium, they will need the ceramic implants anyway. If you start with the ceramic abutment screws from the beginning, there is zero inflammation, zero allergic response, and zero rejection of the ceramic material. Additionally, plaque accumulation between the implants and regular teeth is far less, a plus for protecting your natural teeth after the ceramic implants have been inserted.
For more information, talk to a dentist about dental implants.