Zirconia Implants Provide Excellent Biocompatibility and Aesthetics
If you’re struggling with tooth loss, you’re not alone. An estimated 69% of adults aged 35 to 44 have lost at least one tooth due to trauma, gum disease, a failed root canal, or tooth decay. And more than 30 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one arch or both. Tooth loss can lead to declining oral health and function, negatively impacting your chewing and nutrition. Even a single missing tooth can cause loss of bone and shifting of surrounding teeth, while the gaps can harbor bacteria and cause a gum infection that can spread to other parts of your body if left untreated.
You may also be experiencing quality-of-life issues because you feel too embarrassed to smile or interact with others. At Alpha Dental Practice & Implant Center, we embrace a biomimetic approach to dentistry that involves choosing the best material to restore function and aesthetics based on our patient’s unique needs, including biocompatibility. In addition to the highest-quality traditional dental implants, we offer zirconia dental implants in Coral Springs, FL to select patients.
What is Dental Zirconia?
Zirconia has been called “ceramic steel” due to its optimal properties for dental use, including exceptional toughness, strength, wear properties, and fatigue resistance. Zirconia has largely replaced porcelain for restorations (e.g., crowns, bridges, and full mouth prostheses) due to its strength, as well as translucency and color that closely match natural teeth. Since receiving FDA approval in 2011, zirconia ceramic dental implants have been manufactured by a growing number of top implant companies and used with greater frequency as an alternative to titanium for the dental implant post and abutment.
Titanium vs. Zirconia Implants
Dental implants have a long and proven track record and are considered the number one tooth replacement solution for patients struggling with tooth loss or ill-fitting traditional dentures. Titanium and titanium alloys offer excellent biocompatibility and are by far the most widely used dental implant material, however, the grayish color can be more visible in the anterior (front) region where gingival tissue is considerably thinner.
Although ceramic dental implants were initially only available as a one-piece implant, the introduction of two-piece zirconia implants enables our zirconia dentist Dr. Tarek Assi to fully customize the abutments as well. In addition to having excellent wear properties and compatibility with natural gum tissue, clinical studies have shown zirconia implants to be as good as or even better than titanium in terms of fusing with the jawbone (osseointegration). With that said long-term success and viability studies on zirconia dental implants are limited because they’re still relatively new.
The Benefits of Zirconia Implants
Zirconia dental implants in Coral Springs, FL are the only viable and permanent tooth replacement option for patients concerned about metal-free dentistry. They offer many benefits, including
What to Expect When You Get Zirconia Implants
Dr. Assi has advanced training and expertise in all tooth replacement options, including traditional dental implants, zygomatic dental implants, and zirconia dental implants in Coral Springs, FL. At Alpha Dental Practice & Implant Center, a complimentary professional evaluation helps us determine the best type of dental implant for you. We also use biocompatibility testing to ensure your dental implants and restorations work optimally with your biochemistry. Both types involve surgically placing the dental implant posts into predetermined areas with the densest bone, using computer guidance and sedation.
Postsurgical pain and discomfort typically last about a week and most patients manage this well with over-the-counter pain relievers. Titanium and zirconia implants require three to six months to fuse with the underlying bone. To make dental implants of all types more affordable, we partner with leading third-party financing companies.
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