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Are Zirconia Dental Implants the future of dentistry?

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zirconia implants have been used in Europe but are relatively new in North America, due to FDA approval not being passed until 2011. Many studies have investigated how Zirconia dental implants on soft & hard tissues far exceed the success rate of titanium implants in aesthetics and adapt better.

Do you know the advantages and disadvantages of these various implants? If not this blog is for you, You’ll find out why millions of people worldwide want an alternative to titanium implants especially, especially when they enhance your smile.

What are Zirconia Dental Implants?

Ceramic implants are a newer form of dental implant created from Zirconia which causes this implant to have better low plaque adhesion, strength, and hardness with some animal studies comparing them to titanium.

What are the advantages of Zirconia implants?

They may improve your gingival health and lower your chance of getting peri-implantitis which is the inflammatory process that affects the soft and hard tissues that surround your dental implants.

These implants can also improve your smile’s aesthetics by correcting the dark shadow around your gum line with titanium implants. Zirconia implants are opaque white in shade with barely any effect on the tone for a much more natural colour match.

The use of Zirconia implants also presents a better survival and success rate with a reduced marginal bone loss range as well.

Who would benefit from using Zirconia dental implants?

1. Patient’s with metal allergies (.6%) would benefit from using these types implants as they have reactions to the titanium).
2. More commonly patients love Zirconia implants due to their aesthetic look and health benefits. Research in Europe revealed that 65% of people want an implant without metal in them.

The use of Zirconia dental implants to replace Natural Teeth:

The following are two stories of patients who chose Zirconia implants and why!

A 57-year-old woman underwent a radiological and clinical evaluation to get her implant in the front of her mouth. This patient according to Dentistry Today, decided to not have a metal implant due to the concern over peri-implant tissues. For months following the extraction when the restorative process began, the clinician saw soft & healthy tissues around the implant surface. This helped the final restoration result in a natural fit with good pink & white aesthetics along the gum line.

The second case was of a 38-year old healthy female with a fractured & extracted tooth. She had good soft-tissue quality & quantity volume for a natural ceramic implant procedure. This option resulted in healthy gingival tissues around the implant site for an aesthetically pleasing restoration both functionally and aesthetically.

Are Zirconia implants the future of dentistry?

Whether they are the future or not they are certainly gaining in popularity with a demand for metal-free solutions increasing in dentistry.

Peri-implantitis and peri-implant mucositis are impacting the success and survival rates of titanium implants and lead to more dental tissue issues than Zirconia implants do.

Thanks to the advances in science the zirconia implant surfaces are far improved to speed up bone healing time and stronger bone tissues while being more durable as well. All of this clearly marks Zirconia implants as a great treatment outcome for dental implantology.

Want to learn more about dental implants? Then click here or contact our dental clinic in London Ontario at info@sbenatidentistry.ca or (519) 474-0220 for more information.

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