No Rust, Just Trust: Questioning the Corrosion Resistance of Dental Implants

January 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — charmsmiledent @ 9:28 pm
Woman smiling after getting dental implants

Dental implants have revolutionized modern dentistry, providing a fantastic solution for patients with missing teeth. As with any treatment, concerns about durability and longevity are always at the top of a patient’s mind. For dental implants, specifically, they worry about the potential for rust. After all, aren’t they made of metal? How do they stay rust-free in your mouth?

If you’re curious about the nature of dental implants and how they stay sturdy and clean for years, continue reading.

What are Dental Implants Made Of?

As with any good implant that will make its home in your body, dental implants are made of biocompatible materials. Titanium or titanium alloys are the most popular choice because they don’t react with bodily tissues or fluids. This specific metal is chosen for its exceptional strength, durability, and resistance to corrosion.

What Makes Titanium So Special?

Titanium creates its own natural “shield” of ions at all times. This is one of the reasons it’s such a good material for implants despite being made of metal. The ions surrounding the titanium prevent it from reacting negatively when wet. Think of it as an umbrella that’s always open around the implant site.

So, Can Implants Rust?

While dental implants are highly resistant to corrosion, they can still degrade over time. They don’t “rust” as that’s something iron does when exposed to moisture and air. Instead, they can slowly undergo micro-corrosion from tiny electric shocks. This happens when the minerals in your food get near your implant. The difference in materials causes static so small, you’d never feel it. That said, the odds that your implant fails because of this are very, very low.

What Causes Dental Implants to Fail?

Other, less scientific, factors can still impact the longevity of your implants. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, or underlying health conditions may increase the risk of complications over time. However, with proper oral care and regular checkups, you can expect your implants to stay strong for a lifetime. They have one of the lowest failure rates of any dental treatment at around 5 percent.

Dental implants are designed with durability and longevity in mind. Titanium makes them highly resistant to corrosion and their ease of care means you won’t be struggling to keep them supported. You can trust in the reliability of dental implants and you can trust your dentist to place them. If you’re convinced, call your dentist today and schedule an implant consultation. Stronger smiles await! 

About the Author

Dental implants are one of the most complex treatments in dentistry, so you’ll need to see a dentist with years of experience placing them. Luckily, Dr. Mahmoud Homsi at Charm Smile Dental does! After earning his dental degree from Boston University, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Homsi sought out training from Advanced Implant Educators. Since then, he has performed many successful treatments. Call (603) 228-0123 to schedule a dental implant consultation or visit the website to discover other services.

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