Zirconia or Ceramic Dental Implants
Are you looking for a holistic or nonmetal approach to your missing tooth? Zirconia dental implants are revolutionizing the way we place dental implants. Traditionally dental implants are a titanium screw that is 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 medical devices used to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Titanium is the most commonly used dental implant and has been around since the 1960s. Titanium implants have a proven track record and have been shown to be over 96% successful. However, with a rise in metal concerns from patients, 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. This 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 implants are ceramic the tissue growth is more naturally modeled around the healing abutment. 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 it can’t be seen below the gumline.
Dental Implant Specialist
Dental implants have many advantages and are safe alternatives to fix a missing tooth. Dental implants are the most innovative technology and can give patients the best esthetic results. However, if not performed correctly can have complications. This is why it is important to find a specialist who has experience in placing both titanium and ceramic implants. Come visit our Board-Certified Specialist in McKinney, Plano, and Grapevine today. Experience the difference between dental implants today!