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Ceramic Versus Titanium Dental Implants: What’s the Difference?

Dental implants are a popular solution for missing teeth because they are long-lasting, blend in with your natural teeth, and allow you to enjoy your favorite food without restrictions. Since they first became available in the 1970s, researchers have continued to develop new techniques and materials to improve their functionality. Today, patients have two types of implant to consider: titanium or ceramic. Which option is best for you will depend on several factors, so let’s take a look at the details for each.

Titanium Dental Implants

Titanium implants consist of a titanium root that is inserted into your jaw. An abutment is placed on top of the root, and then a crown is secured on top of the abutment. The crown can be made from several materials, including porcelain, gold, or ceramic.

The advantages of titanium dental implants include:

  • Durability. Dentists have been working with titanium for over 40 years. It’s proven to last a long time and has a success rate of 97%.
  • Biocompatibility. The titanium root will fuse with the bone of your jaw through a process called osseointegration. This creates a stable base for the abutment and crown.
  • Strength. Titanium is a light but very strong metal, which makes for comfortable and long-lasting dental implants.
  • Affordability. Titanium is a widely available material, making it a more affordable option than materials like ceramic.

Titanium is still considered the standard material, but it can have disadvantages, including:

  • Possible allergic reactions. Allergies to titanium are rare, affecting about 0.6% of the population. However, for people with this allergy, choosing ceramic dental implants over titanium is a necessity.
  • Coloring. For patients with receding gum lines, part of the titanium root may be visible. Since titanium is not white or tooth-colored, some patients may have an aesthetic preference for other materials.

Ceramic Dental Implants

Ceramic dental implants are a more recent development, becoming available in the US in 2009. They are made in one piece, with the root and crown combined. They are usually made with Zirconia, a highly durable type of ceramic.

Their advantages include:

  • Natural appearance. Ceramic implants blend in with your natural teeth even if part of the root is visible.
  • Biocompatibility. Studies show that Zirconia will fuse to the bone of your jaw in the same way that titanium implants do.
  • Metal-free material. Ceramic is nonmetallic, making it a good option for patients who are concerned about allergic reactions.

Anyone considering ceramic dental implants should also be aware of possible disadvantages, including:

  • Longevity. Ceramic has proven to be a long-lasting material. However, since ceramic dental implants have not been available for very long, we don’t have studies about their success rate over 20 years or more.
  • Durability. While ceramic materials are highly durable, they are more likely to develop cracks or fissures compared to titanium.

Both titanium and ceramic dental implants are proven to be safe and effective, so choosing between them may be a matter of personal preference. Your dentist can provide a recommendation based on your individual needs.

Restore Your Smile with LifeSmiles

At LifeSmiles by Dr. Randy Mitchmore, our dental implants are made with titanium roots and Zirconia crowns, creating a natural-looking and highly durable solution to missing teeth. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you smile with confidence.

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Queen of Charisma

Toni’s favorite thing about working at LifeSmiles is the beautiful scenery. When patients are having anxiety about their dental appointments, she creates a fearless atmosphere with her charisma and warmth. She is passionate about helping every patient achieve their dental health goals. She says she truly loves being part of a team where she can grow professionally and personally.

Outside the office: Toni loves spending time with her husband and their sons. She also likes to show off her green thumb with her work in her garden.


Bucket list item:
Travel around the world and learn about other cultures and regions.

Your hero: Harriet Tubman because she was passionate and a fearless leader unafraid of any of life’s challenges.

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Patient Care and Education

Mike began his career at LifeSmiles seeking an opportunity to expand his skillset and advance his career. Today he works at Dr. Michmore’s side through dental procedures and surgeries. He loves working at LifeSmiles because the entire team is continually learning and keeping up to date with the newest advancements in dentistry.

Outside the office: Mike enjoys barbecuing on his patio, traveling, and spending time with his family. He’s a dog dad of two: Tati and Tito.


Bucket list item:
To visit Thailand and Dubai and to try skydiving!

Your hero: Mike looks up to his parents and is forever grateful for the life lesson they taught him; respect, manners, strength, and to be a go-getter. He continues to carry these things with him with everything he does.

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Sandra is 44 years old and has a learning disability. At LifeSmiles, Sandra stocks patient rooms and the coffee bar. She does all kinds of special projects like decorating for holidays and preparing awesome gifts for our patients.

Sandra loves being around all her friends and is proud to wear a LifeSmiles shirt, jacket, and name badge. You’ll always find her smiling and helping make our patients smile too.

Outside the Office: Sandra likes to go fishing with her family, swim, go to dances, and walk the mall with her friends. She is very active in the Special Olympics. This year, Sandra won second place in the state volleyball tournament (go, Sandra!). She sings in her church choir and every other year goes on an international trip with them.

Spirit Animal: Butterfly. She likes them because they are pretty.

Andie Willis
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Andie is married with one son, Logan and now lives in The Woodlands. She grew up in Sugar Land and has followed in her mother’s footsteps – she has been in dentistry for over 35 years. Andie actually started out working in the office with her mom and learned many things from the way she worked.

Andie has been a Lead Dental Assistant for most of her career. She has worked for many specialists including oral surgeons and periodontists. She has extensive training in all facets of dentistry but especially enjoys the surgical and cosmetic side. As a science nerd, dentistry fascinates Andie and gives her a sense of accomplishment.

At LifeSmiles, she is our “Director of Details”. Andie is known for being a perfectionist because she likes to gather as much information as possible and go the extra mile to match Dr. Mitchmore’s high standards. She truly loves being part of our dedicated team of professionals who go above and beyond for our amazing patients.

Outside of the Office: Andie is addicted to Lagree fitness and loves to go off-shore fishing.

Your Hero: Her Mom. She is the most selfless person Andie knows.

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John became a new patient of LifeSmiles in 2008. He likes to tell people he was not allowed to leave. John worked down the street for 14 years before joining the team. He has a passion for meeting new people and extending genuine hospitality.

Often the first person people meet on the phone and when they walk in the door, you can count on John for a warm welcoming smile. You can even ‘hear’ it over the phone. He says, “I believe everyone deserves the red carpet treatment and love seeing other people smile.”

John hears stories every day how someone’s smile is holding them back. He can barely contain his excitement when shouting the praises of Dr. Mitchmore and the entire team. He shares passionate stories of how the transformations people have received at LifeSmiles, changed their lives.

Outside the Office: John loves being outside. He enjoys sharing a beach house with friends and family. He loves entertaining, throwing a party and cooking at home. He can start a conversation with anyone, anywhere. He’s an amateur stand-up comic.

Bucket List Item: To live in a foreign country for one year, somewhere near the beach. Take some time to write an epic love novel loosely based on my large Italian family.

Your Hero: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. While fictional, the character incorporates admirable qualities from real life people. She believes in the goodness of everyone, keeps on going and moves forward despite any obstacle. She is able to find humor in other people’s quirks, accepts them and makes sense of it all. Plus, she’s a little outrageous too.