If you desire to replace your missing teeth but are concerned about metal-based titanium dental implants, you have options! Zirconia dental implants are the holistic and hypoallergenic alternative to traditional dental implants. Without fearing having metal inside your mouth, you can still receive the permanent benefits that dental implants offer.
What are zirconia dental implants?
Zirconia dental implants have similar structures to titanium dental implants, but these ceramic implants are more naturally aesthetic as they’re tooth-colored, from post to crown. Though fewer long-term studies exist as to the longevity of zirconia implants, they’re as strong and durable as titanium. Most zirconia implants are also a single piece, different than their three-piece titanium counterparts. Without any part of zirconia dental implants being made of metal, they’re a healthy alternative, especially for patients who have a metal allergy.
The benefits of zirconia implants
Zirconia is naturally tooth-colored, so the entire dental implant is this color, from the post inserted into the jawbone to the visible tooth crown. This optimizes aesthetics, especially for patients who have thin gums through which a traditional implant post may be noticeable. The single-piece system also maintains better gum tissue health and reduces the risk of inflammation and infection.
Zirconia dental implants are incredibly strong and durable. Also biocompatible like titanium implants, they integrate well with the natural jawbone. They’re also non-corrosive and heat-resistant for long-term function. Once placed and restored, zirconia dental implants will also provide the strength needed for you to bite and chew a variety of healthy foods.
The unique single-piece design of zirconia dental implants means they sit more snuggly within the gumline. This allows for easier maintenance and cleaning of the teeth and gum tissues. For most patients, inflammation and bleeding are very rare around zirconia implants. Better oral health overall can help ensure better physical health, too.
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