August 17, 2023

Is It Possible for Dental Implants to Rust?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_greenberg @ 11:23 pm

Digital image of a dental implantIf you’ve lost a tooth or two, you’ve probably heard about the benefits of dental implants. A dental implant is unlike any other treatment because it replaces both the root and the crown. A titanium post is surgically placed into your jaw to act as a new root, which will support a customized restoration that’s attached using an abundant. The foundation of your new tooth will be titanium, but there’s no reason to worry about rusting, and here’s why.

Dental Implants Can’t Rust

Many types of metals can rust in moist environments, like your mouth. You don’t have to worry about your dental implants rusting because they are made of biocompatible titanium. Your implant posts won’t cause any poor reactions in your body, and titanium is very strong to last for many years. 

Titanium is corrosion-resistant, unlike gold and stainless steel, because it doesn’t contain any iron. When iron is exposed to moisture, it creates iron oxide. If this occurs in your body, it will result in a toxin that can cause infections. 

Although it’s extremely unlikely for dental implants to rust, there can be reactions between metal, saliva, and your jawbone. Tiny pulses of electricity can erode your dental implants over time. Thankfully, this type of erosion only occurs in a very small percentage of patients. The risk increases if low-quality materials are used.

Protect Your Dental Implants From Rusting

Dental implants are proven to last for 30 years or longer with the correct care. You can keep rusting at bay and ensure your new smile thrives for decades by following a few tips:

  • Commit to Your Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes each session and floss every night. Good oral hygiene will reduce harmful oral bacteria to keep your mouth healthy.
  • Watch What You Eat: Dental implants have the support of your jawbone and can restore up to 70% of your biting force. However, certain foods and drinks can’t place you at risk of dental implant failure. It’s best to limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks, which feed oral bacteria. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol, which causes dry mouth and increases your risk of infections.
  • Visit Your Dentist Regularly: Besides caring for your smile at home, visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. They’ll keep your mouth healthy and ensure your dental implants last for a lifetime.

Dental implants are made from the best materials to promote their success. You can rest easy knowing your new smile is supported by the best solutions in dentistry.

About Dr. Adam Cygler

Dr. Cygler achieved his dental degree from the University of Colorado and completed a residency in General Practice Dentistry. He remains current with the latest treatments and technologies to deliver up-to-date services. Dr. Cygler is proudly affiliated with many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Request an appointment on his website or call (609) 267-3230.

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