Titanium is becoming the new buzzword in dentistry these days. With gold more than $1100 an ounce and platinum topping out at nearly $2,000, the cost of the traditional high noble PFM crown, the bread and butter of dentistry, continues to skyrocket. This has kept laboratories and dentists searching for lower cost alternatives especially in an economy where everyone is doing some belt-tightening. Milled from a Grade 5 titanium alloy with porcelain layering using Vita Initial Ti porcelain. It allows Elite48 to offer a fixed price for crowns, whether it’s a molar, bicuspid, or bridge unit, it’s all billed at the same price point and our clients like that option. The real savings really become increasingly apparent when fabricating bridges and larger copings. Because so much metal is used in the connectors and pontics, the cost of a substructure can skyrocket if constructed in high noble or noble alloy. With titanium, a unit is a unit regardless of size or weight and gets billed at the per single unit price.
- Low cost and price stable:
Titanium is significantly less expensive than gold. Historically, titanium has not been subjected to the fluctuations in the highly volatile alloy market.
- Highly profitable:
The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has recently classified titanium between noble and high-noble alloys. Because of this new classification, dentists may now charge insurance companies between noble and high-noble rates using ADA Code D2794.
- Most bio-compatible metal available:Titanium does not release ions and does not trigger allergic reactions in the body. It has proven to be very effective in human medicine and dentistry.
- X-ray radiolucent:
Titanium is X-Ray radiolucent allowing dentists to clearly see underneath the cemented crown without removing it in order to diagnose problems.
- High resistance to corrosion:
Titanium does not corrode. Following the establishment of a protective oxide layer, it is very slow to react. This is also referred to as “chemically inert“.
- Low thermal conductivity:
The patient can enjoy hot or cold food without experiencing dental pain. Titanium has a thermal conductivity of 15 times lower than gold, causing the patient to feel lower sensitivity to hot or cold.
- Neutral taste:
Titanium’s surface prevents a reaction between metal, saliva and food. The patient does not experience a metallic taste as with many other dental alloys.
This proves more comfortable for the patient. Gold is four times heavier, which is noticeable in large bridge framework.