The future of dental implants is here, and it’s zirconia! Up until recently, we’ve been intrigued by the potential of zirconia implants, but they had significant limitations that kept us from implementing them at our practice. Now, zirconia implants are available with two pieces, just like traditional titanium dental implants. We’re pleased to be able to offer these cutting-edge implants to our patients. If you’re a candidate for dental implant surgery, here are the benefits of zirconia implants.
Zirconia Implants Are Metal-Free
Although titanium implants are well-tolerated by most patients, some people who have metal sensitivities are not able to get them. Zirconia implants represent an excellent alternative for these patients. Zirconia is a material that combines the strength of titanium dental implants with the benefits of ceramic.
Zirconia Implants Are Naturally Hypoallergenic
Zirconia is a hypoallergenic material, so there’s no need to worry about having to get your implants removed because of an allergy that is discovered after the fact.
Zirconia Implants Are Resistant to Corrosion
Whenever we place an implant into the body, it’s important for it to be resistant to corrosion. Zirconia is not a corrosive material, so you can be assured that it will stand the test of time and replace the root of your tooth for a lifetime.
Zirconia Implants Are White
Since dental implants go below the gumline, you might wonder why it matters that zirconia implants are white. It’s because the titanium can cause a gray tint in your restoration once it’s attached. In addition, if you suffer gum recession, your titanium implants may become visible, but zirconia is more aesthetic and will blend in with the rest of your smile.
Zirconia Implants Are Biocompatible
Zirconia is a biocompatible material. This means that it will integrate well with your jawbone and cause very little, if any, inflammation or irritation to the surrounding tissues. Irritation occurs when the body recognizes an implant as a foreign body and mobilizes the immune system, causing the area to become inflamed. Some research indicates that zirconia implants offer better osseointegration than traditional titanium implants.
Zirconia Implants Resist Bacteria
Zirconia implants are susceptible to plaque and bacteria buildup, which can lead to gum disease. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of dental implant failure, so preventing this is critical. Zirconia implants do not have this issue.
Zirconia Implants Are Tasteless
Some patients are bothered by a metallic taste in the mouth from their titanium dental implants. Zirconia implants are made from a material that has no taste at all, so you won’t have an “off” taste in your mouth and they won’t interfere with your ability to taste food.
Zirconia Implants Are Non-Conductive
Metal dental implants conduct heat, but zirconia dental implants are non-conductive, which is better for the soft tissues in your mouth.
Learn More About Zirconia Dental Implants
If you’d like to learn more about zirconia dental implants and find out whether they’re an option for you, contact us today at 479-333-1300 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.