A dental implant is a revolutionary procedure to replace a lost tooth permanently. As the only method to recreate both the root and crown, it creates a nearly perfect replica of your real tooth. A titanium post is the foundation of a dental implant, serving as a new root. Although titanium is the standard material, you have another option. Here are 6 reasons to break from tradition with zirconia dental implants.
1. Completely Metal-Free
If you have metal sensitivities, zirconia can be the solution for you. The ceramic material is metal free, so there is no risk of allergic reactions. Not to mention, it’s biocompatible to promote the osseointegration process. Gum tissue also adheres to zirconia better than titanium to create a tight seal to protect your smile from infections.
2. Aesthetically Pleasing
Although implant posts are hidden within the jawbone, titanium can show through the gum tissue. Zirconia is white, just like your natural tooth structure. You’ll enjoy more natural-looking results to smile, speak, and laugh freely.
3. High Success Rate
Titanium has been used for decades because it has a high success rate. However, zirconia is also a tried and proven material with over a 95% success rate. Your dental implants can last for 30 years or longer with the right maintenance, like a solid oral hygiene routine at home and regular care from your dentist.
4. Corrosion Resistant
Titanium corrodes in wet environments, like your mouth, which can leave deposits in other areas of your body. Zirconia won’t corrode to support your overall wellness and the long-term success of your new smile.
5. Durable and Inflexible
Although zirconia doesn’t contain any metals, it is durable and won’t break under pressure. After your jawbone has fused with the implant, up to 70% of your biting force will be restored, so you can enjoy all your favorite foods.
6. Reduced Risk of Infections
A leading cause of dental implant failure is caused by a preventable infection called peri-implantitis. It’s like gum disease, which destroys your oral structures. Zirconia lessens your risk of peri-implantitis because it has a smooth finish and a nonpolar structure. Therefore, bacteria are less likely to adhere to zirconia for a cleaner, healthier smile.
Is Zirconia Right for You?
Your dentist will perform a thorough examination to ensure you’re a candidate for dental implants. Based on the results of your exam, they will review all your options to complete your smile safely. Rest assured, your dentist will help you choose the best materials for your needs to ensure your new smile thrives for a lifetime.
About Dr. John Hamel
Dr. Hamel earned a degree in dental laboratory technology and worked as a dental ceramist, focusing on porcelain restorations. He continued his education to earn his doctorate in dental surgery degree from the Emory School of Dentistry. Dr. Hamel has the experience and qualifications to treat complex oral health issues, like tooth loss. Contact our office today to request your consultation for dental implants.