Zirconia or Ceramic Dental Implants
Are you looking for a holistic or nonmetal approach to your missing tooth? Zirconia/Ceramic dental implants are revolutionizing the way we place dental implants. Traditionally dental implants are titanium screws drilled into the missing tooth socket. However, a zirconia dental implant is a ceramic nonmental screw. Both options will give you the highest esthetic result for your missing tooth.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants are used to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Titanium has been the most commonly used dental implant since the 1960s. Titanium implants have a proven track record and are over 96% successful. However, with a rise in patients’ metal concerns, zirconia implants hit the market. Zirconia implants are nonmetal-based ceramic implants. Released in 1987, they have become increasingly popular over the past ten years.
Similarly, both types of implants have the same level of osseointegration ability. Osseointegration is very important since the main functionality of implants is based on their retention ability. As you see below, the zirconia implant is very opaque to radiographic imaging, but there is no distinct model difference between the two.
Ceramic Dental Implants
Although titanium implants have been around the longest and have more clinical studies, ceramic dental implants have their proven advantages too. For example, the soft-tissue response is better since the tissue growth is more naturally modeled around the healing abutment. In addition, the body tends to have higher biocompatibility with this type of implant due to its nonmetal feature. Although rare in titanium implants, the esthetics are improved with zirconia implants because the implant is a tooth-like color and can’t be seen below the gum line.
Dental Implant Specialist
Dental implants have many advantages and are safe alternatives to fixing a missing tooth. Dental implants are the most innovative technology and can give patients the best esthetic results. However, if not performed correctly, complications can occur. This is why it is crucial to find a specialist with experience placing both titanium and ceramic implants. Visit our Board-Certified Specialist in McKinney, Plano, and Grapevine today. Experience the difference between dental implants today!