Zirconia Dental Implants
Metal Free Dental Implants
Zirconia dental implants are metal-free and considered a ceramic. They are a great option for patients who are candidates for dental implants. These ceramic dental implants function essentially the same way as traditional titanium dental implants, and the ceramic material is known to be more tissue friendly. Our patients who desire non-metal implants have been extremely happy when learning of the alternative to a titanium implant. Our practice has been placing metal-free implants for several years and our patients have seen excellent results.
Many of our patients who desire a non-metal implant have been extremely happy with learning of their alternative to a titanium implant. Our practice has been placing metal free dental implants for several years and our patients have seen excellent results. Currently, there are several manufacturers of zirconia implants including Z-Systems, which we use most often in our practice.
Why would a person consider a zirconium implant?
The number one reason someone chooses a zirconium implant is the desire to have a non-metal implant. This desire is usually based on a patient’s personal view that they would rather avoid metal implants.
What are the Benefits of Ceramic Dental Implants?
One of the main advantages of a ceramic implant is that the implant is 100% white. Titanium dental implants can sometimes cause a gray line around the gum, but with zirconia’s natural color, these gray effects are eliminated. Metal-free dental implants have several other benefits:
- Zirconia has become a desired implant material because of the way it interacts with natural gum and bone, as it is very kind to the tissues.
- Metal free implants are a very aesthetically pleasing option.
- Zirconium greatly reduces the buildup of biofilm, called plaque, which is a cause of gum inflammation.
- For patients who have a suspected allergy to titanium, zirconia dental implants offer a reliable substitute.
- Studies have shown zirconia metal-free dental implants have the same success rate as titanium dental implants.
With these benefits, we are proud to be the first practice in Georgia to offer this advance in dental implantology. This dental implant option has helped us give outstanding results to our patients who have the desire to avoid a metal implant.
Common Concerns with Zirconia Dental Implants
Are ceramic implants more likely to break over time?
Studies have shown the way the zirconia implants are processed, the HIP (Hot Isostatic Pressing) treatment, make them extremely strong and fracture has not been an issue.
Isn’t zirconium a metal?
The element Zirconium by itself is a metal. When this element is combined with oxygen, zirconium dioxide is formed. This compound is now a ceramic and loses all metal characteristics. This is the same concept as sodium and chloride combining to make salt.
Am I a candidate for zirconium implants?
Any patient who is a candidate for titanium dental implants is also a candidate for zirconia metal-free dental implants. A patient who has a titanium dental implant failure and who might suspect a reaction to titanium is also a very good candidate to explore the possibilities of a ceramic implant.
Whether you have a concern about metals in your mouth or would prefer to have a white implant, ceramic dental implants are a great option. To learn more about zirconia dental implants, please contact one of our many convenient offices to schedule an appointment.