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Titanium vs. Zirconium

Titanium vs. Zirconium

Dental implants are made of three parts: an artificial tooth root or dental implant, and a crown, which is connected to the implant by an abutment. The abutment and the dental implant are always made of a titanium alloy, as this is what the bones accept and can integrate, but the crown can be made of two different materials. The outer layer of a dental crown is always porcelain, but the inner structure can be either zirconium or titanium. Although the difference in price is readily apparent, the difference between these two materials is not. Allow us to shed some light on the mystery of zirconium vs. titanium.


Brush your teeth at least twice a day

Brush your teeth at least twice a day

One of the most absolutely indispensable parts of having good oral hygiene is brushing your teeth. This needs to be done with more frequency that most people realise: you need to brush your teeth at the very least two times a day, but perhaps three is the ideal amount of brushing. Below is an explanation of why you need to brush at least twice, and what can happen if you do not.


The Age Factor

The Age Factor

Dental implants are a major investment, and you should really think about the ramifications of dropping the money that is needed to get them. The procedure is also quite invasive and requires the patient to be healthy. But is there an age limit to getting dental implants? Is there a certain age above which it is simply not worth it, or flat out impossible to get them? When is it time to say ‘no thanks’? This and much more is answered in our article below.


Gum Recession With Dental Implants

Gum Recession With Dental Implants

Receding gums are bad news. Whether caused by periodontitis, lifestyle choices such as smoking and alcoholism, or just a dryness of the mouth, it endangers the health of your teeth by exposing the cementum - which is prone to decay and lacks enamel - to the open air. It is also a problem for dental implants, whether you are thinking of getting some or already have a few, as the tiny titanium screws can become exposed and fail. Here is what you need to know if you have receding gums.


Peri-implantitis, the ticking time bomb

Peri-implantitis, the ticking time bomb

Dental implants are the only way to replace an entire missing tooth, with all of its parts, including the tooth root. This is important because only if the entire tooth is replaced can the condition of tooth loss be stopped otherwise, if there is no tooth root, the alveolus starts to disintegrate, leading to a loosening of the rest of your teeth as well. But dental implants are not altogether free from negative side effects either. Just recently, an unfavourable aspect has been uncovered, and it’s called peri-implantitis.


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