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18 January 2018

Why this material is key to a successful dental implant placement.

For any reputable implant dentist, using a high quality dental implant is extremely important.

Although the cost of implants does make this particular tooth replacement method more expensive than for example, using dentures; the long term benefits are significant for patients of the Confidental Clinic.

Successfully placed implants will provide many years use of a strong artificial tooth, which can be used exactly as you would a healthy natural tooth and without the need for fiddly cleaning or concerns about their stability.

Why titanium?

If there were a cheaper implant material available that worked, we would certainly look carefully at this. Unfortunately, at the moment, titanium is the only material that has been proven to reliably bond with the jawbone, providing the secure foundation to attach the final crown. This is one of the risks, as we have mentioned before, about opting for a cheap implant procedure abroad; corners may be cut by using inferior implants that are not made from titanium, which are likely to fail.

Ironically, for all the investment in dental science, this bonding of the bone and titanium was not discovered through deliberate research, but was the result of a ‘happy accident’ when a Swedish scientist in the 1950s tried to recover some titanium rods from a rabbit as part of a different experiment altogether. On attempting to retrieve the rods, he found that he couldn’t as the rabbits bones had bonded to the rods. From this accidental discovery, further research was carried out and it was found that titanium and the bone did, indeed, bond extremely well.

Zygomatic implants

One or two patients have asked us whether the zygomatic dental implants that we use are made from a different material. These are still made from titanium, as although their length and design offers extra stability in situations where they can be used, usually where significant bone loss has occurred towards the rear of the mouth; it is still essential that they bond well.


Of course, it takes more than just having high quality implants to ensure that an implant placement is successful. The experience of our Surbiton implant team, along with modern 3D scans are necessary to combine the best of all aspects of this advanced treatment. Patient responsibility is also important, especially when it comes to the aftercare of the implants, along with ongoing cleaning.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants; how they work and if you are a suitable candidate, why not arrange to have an initial consultation with one of the dentists at Confidental Clinic Surbiton? You can call us today on 020 8399 1291 and we’ll be delighted to assist.

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