Some of our patients desire a non-metal implant and our office is pleased to offer zirconia dental implants, which are ceramic. Ceramic dental implants function essentially the same way as traditional titanium dental implants. The zirconia material is very strong and is becoming more and more popular for dental uses.
The Pros and Cons of Metal-Free Dental Implants
Titanium dental implants have a 20-year history of success. They are very biocompatible and strong, and would normally be the first choice for most cases. Titanium is also an opaque metal that can may cause aesthetic concerns in some situations. And titanium is an extremely bio-compatible metal with a history of being used in implants, joint replacements, and other surgical situations for many years.
Metal-free implants are made of zirconia, also called zirconium dioxide, a ceramic that has enough tensile strength to earn it the nickname “ceramic steel.” It has been successfully used for years as a restorative material in joint-replacement surgery, and it is increasingly being used in dental applications.
However, there are drawbacks that should be considered. Zirconia dental implants do not have the long track record of success that titanium implants do. Zirconia fixtures are also all of one piece, so they are straight. But in some cases, the angle of the tooth root form needs to be different from that of the tooth crown. In addition, zirconia fixtures are a newer technology, and they require specialized methods and techniques.
If you would like to discuss your options, please call our office or click here to fill out our request an appointment form. We can help you find a convenient time to come in for a comprehensive examination.