The Benefits of Zirconia Implants
- May 23, 2018 -
Esthetically pleasing: Zirconia implants are completely white and not visible in the mouth when smiling or speaking. Esthetics is a concern with titanium implants, as they can show up in patients with thin, translucent or recessed gums.
Strong – Zirconia is extremely strong, durable and inflexible under pressure, so it stands up well to the forces of chewing and biting.
One-piece design – Zirconia implants have a single piece design. Compare that to traditional implants, which have two metal pieces: the implant post or screw that is placed in the jawbone, and the abutment piece that connects the post to the artificial tooth. One of the problems with the two-piece design is that the junction between the pieces can shift slightly, creating a great place for bacteria to accumulate and eventually causing problems and possible implant failure.
Complete assimilation to the jawbone: Zirconia is a biocompatible material that completely assimilates with the jawbone, actually becoming part of the bone anatomy. This provides a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.
Non-corrosive: Because it is bioinert, zirconia won’t cause inflammation or a chemical reaction leading to other health problems. Titanium materials have been shown to corrode, releasing particles that may prompt the body to attack them. The resulting chain reaction can cause serious health concerns.
Non-allergenic: Zirconia is a great option for individuals that have sensitivities to metal materials, or compromised immune systems.
Holistic – Because it is bioinert, zirconia is an appealing material for individuals that care about finding holistic dental solutions.