What is a dental implant?
First of all, let’s clarify the things that everyone understand: dental implants are practically an artificial tooth replacement, a simple procedure that helps to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. Even if the dental implant procedure can be referred to as a form of prosthetic (artificial replacement) dentistry, it is commonly known as a form of cosmetic dentistry.
Despite appearances, replacing missing tooth roots offers more than an esthetic enhancement, taking into consideration the fact that dental implants can also provide people with the strength and durability needed to enjoy simple, but important things, like food. Even though you have a quite a few restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth, none have been adequately proven to be as durable and functionally effective as implants.
Is metalic implant a good choice?
It’s known that teeth are lost easily because of a variety of problems that can occur, including tooth decay, root canal failure, gum disease (periodontitis), mouth trauma (tooth injury), excessive wear and tear or congenital defects.
However, thanks to technology, a lost tooth is not such a big problem anymore, the patient being able to choose from a wide range of solutions to his problem. One of these solutions is a metalic implant, but there is a big problem: some patients react alergically to metalic implants.
Are there other alternatives?
Fortunatelly, all the problems caused by magnetic fields of disruption may be prevented from happening when using zirconia implants, a metal-free substance, available to modern dentistry.
If you ever needed a dental implant, then you might know that until recently, your dentist can not give you too many options because the market only offered implants that were made of titanium, a metal that metal that once implanted into your jaw bone, it may have caused fields of disruption.
A real revolution was started some years ago, implantology becoming a highly acclaimed new dental technique, but now it’s time for a new era: zirconia implants, a high-performance material that have been used in medicine for years, for artificial hip joints, implanted medication applicators, dental crowns and bridges, among other things.
What are the benefits of zirconia implants?
This new material clearly offers an additional number of advantages and we can present them to you below:
- No allergic reactions to be expected.
- Extraordinary tensile strength and no danger of corrosion.
- Highly enduring with regard to stress and strain.
- Resistant against any kinds of acid.
One of the main advantages of using this kind of implant is that zirconium oxide is much closer in composition to natural teeth than titanium, which was used up to now, so the risk of inflammation is significantly reduced with zirconia implants. Thanks to its properties, after implantation, the soft tissue grows up on the ceramic implant as it does on a natural tooth and, amazingly, in the question of inflammation (plaque), the artificial ceramic teeth are even better for the gums than healthy teeth.
What are you thinking when you say “ceramic”? If your answer is “thin” and “brittle”, think again, because another important benefit is that zirconia ceramic has a three times greater flexibility and strength than titanium. If you don’t trust us, then you may trust NASA, considering that they use this material in the heat shields for the space shuttles.
We are living in the century of speed, where everyone rushes and time is money, so it is very important the duration of the procedure. Well, here zirconia implants strikes again because, in addition to all its advantages, the biocompatible ceramic implants are made up of one single piece, and include the anchor portion that goes in the bone. What does this mean? This means they can be implanted in just one operation, compared to three sessions required for conventional titanium implants.
A matter of importance at least equal to those listed above is aesthetic. If you were paying attention to here, you understand that the implant is normally covered by the gums and cannot be seen and you may ask, well, why is it important? It is if a patient develops periodontitis over the years and the gums recede, considering that a light-colored ceramic is more aesthetically pleasing than a shining metallic bolt, and gums that have thinned will always seem light-coloured. So, another advantage of ceramic implants is their color which is bright white and it makes it perfect for this operation.
Finally, remember that titanium can be involved in metabolic processes (because of its free electrons), which, in rare cases, can result in adverse reactions. On the other hand, zirconia has proven to be totally bio-inert, taking into account the fact that there are no known allergic reactions to zirconium ceramic.
Are there any disadvantages?
The price might be a problem because it is much more complicated and at least 10 times more expensive to produce zirconia implants than titanium ones, since the extremely hard ceramic can only be worked on using diamond instruments. However, it is less expensive to implant ceramic teeth than it is to use the titanium method because it takes the surgeon and dentist less time.