The need for metal-free dental implants has arisen because dental industry research and experience of dental practices indicate an increasing number of dental patients finding themselves incompatible to conventional titanium implants after developing negative reactions.
A replacement implant material—ceramic zirconium oxide—has gained popularity as it’s metal-free, has aesthetic appeal, sturdy, resistant to infection, and doesn’t trigger an allergic reaction. Moreover, many scientific studies have shown the efficacy, safety, and strength of zirconia dental implants. Zirconia’s excellent biocompatibility, low chemical attraction to plaque, and aesthetic appeal make it an ideal choice in both cosmetic and clinical dentistry.Want Us To Call You? Call Us Now To Book
A dental implant is like an artificial tooth root, has the form of a screw, and surgically replaces your missing or diseased teeth. An implant, in this case, the metal-free ceramic tooth root, is placed in your jawbone, bonds with the natural bone, and becomes a strong base to support one or more artificial teeth called crowns. A connector or an abutment is placed on top of the implant to hold and give support your crowns. Moreover, the crowns are personally designed to fit your mouth and match your natural teeth. Typically, a single dental implant surgery takes about 30 minutes. The procedure can last several hours if it involves many teeth. To last long and require the least maintenance, the design of the implant, material, and the skill of your dentist are crucial determining factors. At All Natural Dentistry, Dr. Amy Khajavi, with more than 20 years of experience as a dentist, has placed hundreds of metal-free dental implants. A biological dentist, she only uses biocompatible material such as zirconia ceramic in all her dental procedures.
For a start, ceramic dental implants win hands down over titanium when it comes to the aesthetic factor. Not only does a ceramic dental implant crown or root appear more natural, but it also functions more like natural teeth. At All Natural Dentistry, we recommend zirconia ceramic dental implants as they promise faster and successful integration with your jaw bone.
With the introduction of new manufacturing technology processes, ceramics are gaining more mechanical strength and have become extremely durable providing higher resistance against corrosion—even in the face of fluctuating temperature and continuous abrasion. Its tooth-like color (compared to titanium’s dark gray color), biocompatibility and low affinity to plaque make it an excellent material for dental implants.
Moreover, many scientific studies have associated autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivity, and allergies with metals used in dentistry and medicine. Ceramic dental implants have shown no adverse effects on the immune system while offering the same oral mobility and durability that a titanium implant provides to patients.
Due to improvements in the standards of aesthetics in dentistry and incidences of metal allergies, metal-free zirconia ceramic dental implants are now a popular alternative to titanium dental implants in dental offices.
Aesthetic Appeal: Patients are now more conscious about how they look with their new dental implants. You would probably not want others to know that you are wearing false teeth: in fact, you want to look good and smile with confidence knowing that you have healthy and long-lasting teeth.
The problem with titanium is that it may get embarrassing when it starts showing up on the crown and receding gums. Whereas zirconia’s color, shine, and luster are almost identical to real teeth and ceramic dental implants look far more realistic than titanium. Moreover, there are negligible chances of your teeth darkening around the gumline or the crown if you have metal-free dental implants.
Superior Osseointegration: Dental implants fuse with your jaw bone through a process called osseointegration, and several studies show that zirconia is far superior in osseointegration compared to other implant materials.
Biocompatibility: Biocompatible materials create favorable tissue response with less likelihood of adverse effects. Zirconia, also known as zirconium dioxide, is a biocompatible ceramic material that is non-corrosive and less likely to cause soft-tissue irritation. Therefore, you will not have an allergic reaction, irritation or inflammation after placement and use.
There is no doubt that titanium has gained tremendous popularity in the last two decades and has been used in knee and hip replacements, fractures, and dental implants on millions of patients. However, if you favor aesthetic appeal, and want a dental implant that looks as good as real and suits your body, you should go for zirconia ceramic implants.
At All Natural Dentistry, Dr. Amy Khajavi has placed many metal-free dental implants. To reduce risks associated with the placement of the implant, Dr. Khajavi uses a guided surgery process to achieve precision and success in every procedure she undertakes. All Natural Dentistry uses dental equipment that incorporates the latest advancements in dental technology including the Sirona CEREC machine and Sirona Galileos 3D Cone Beam Scanner. We also utilize computer-generated surgical guides and follow a metal-free implant placement method.
If you are a dental patient dealing with missing or diseased teeth or a failed root canal procedure, please contact All Natural Dentistry at (858) 683-4862 to schedule your dental appointment. Our qualified staff will inform you about the implant procedure and benefits of a metal-free dental implant. A specialist in full mouth reconstruction and implant dentistry, Dr. Khajavi will soon restore your oral health and natural smile.