Zirconia dental implants are metal free, tooth colored implants
Zirconia implants have a unique advantage over titanium implants in cases where: 1) showing metal may be a problem 2) patient metal allergies may be an issue 3) the patient has other metals present in there mouth such as silver fillings and metal crowns. Zirconia implants are sometimes called ceramic implants or cosmetic implants.
Dr Adams, our Zirconia-Ceramic implant specialist practices in the Maryland DC metro area in Burtonsville near Silver Spring and Columia Maryland.
Dr Adams sees implant patients from Maryland, DC, Virginia, across the USA and abroad. Dr. Adams has successfully placed thousands of implants and is a consultant, instructor and speaker for the implant company Zeramex. Zeramex is the leading manufacturer of zirconia implants in the world and is based out of Switzerland. Dr. Adams can handle cases involving one up to a full mouth of implants. Dr. Adams performs his own implant surgery and fits and places all his own implant teeth.
“I very much enjoy seeing my patient’s implant cases from start to finish…it brings me a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction…”
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Dr. Adams preselects materials that are metal free, safe and biocompatible. “Every material placed into the mouth has an impact on our system,” says Dr. Adams…”We should select the one with the smallest and safest impact possible.”
The Million Dollar Question: Is Zirconia a metal?
No. A metal is a material that conducts electricity. In fact zirconia, if anything is an insulator or a material that has everything but metallic properties. Think of wires with a plastic coating. The wire is always a metal or a material that conducts electricity well and the plastic coating is an “insulator” that keeps electronic current inside the wire and does not allow the electricity to escape. Zirconia being an excellent insulator, is quite the exact opposite of a metal. The non-conductivity of zirconia is exactly what helps it perform well in biologic systems because it does not corrode or react with a water based biologic system. After all, we are nearly 100% water anyway and we all know metal rusts or corrodes. It also helps that zirconia is white and looks better too.
Benefits and Pros of Zirconia-Ceramic Tooth Implants:
What is all the hype with metal free ceramic implants? What is a zirconia implant dentist? The cosmetic advantages of ceramic-zirconia implants are obvious. Cosmetic dental implants in addition to being tooth colored do in fact have many other advantages. First and foremost, in a cosmetic tooth replacement case, the fact that ceramic implants are tooth colored represents a huge advantage for a zirconia implant specialist.
Zirconia is more biocompatible, but why? It comes down to how ones body reacts to different materials. The body always has a reaction to everything be it good or bad. For example, foods. Some people are allergic to peanuts and some are not. Peanuts can be so reactive that eating peanuts can be grave for some people. For other people peanuts pose no problem and in fact have some health benefits. Clearly peanuts have the potential to be more reactive than celery. Likewise with dental materials, some materials are more reactive than others. It just so happens that titanium is more reactive biologically than zirconia. [/two_third_last]
Ceramic tooth implants are hypoallergenic. Some cases of titanium sensitivity show up years after surgery when itchiness and inflammation develop around implant sites. It’s a perfect setup for bone loss and the potential failure of an implant.
Today, there’s a growing number of people with allergies, sensitivities and immune system problems; therefore implantation of tooth root devices should be seriously considered. Especially since long term exposure to sensitive materials can lead to chronic system inflammation and autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s, Lupus, Periodontal disease among many others. The removal of a teeth implants from jaw bone is not a simple procedure either. No question, the demand for zirconia implant dentists will be on the rise.
3. Cosmetic Dentistry Reasons:
People with thin gums and who are susceptible to gum recession may end up with gray metallic-looking gums or titanium showing around the margin of the crown. Since zirconia is non-metallic and white, it is much more natural looking. It’s a perfect base color that closely mimics what nature created in the first place. Tooth-colored zirconia makes cosmetics a lot easier for the ceramic implant dentist.
4. Corrosion resistant:
Ceramic-zirconia material is resistant to chemical corrosion and it will conduct electricity or heat. As a bio inert material, it will never break-down and migrate to other sites in the body or interfere with the maintenance of optimal health.
5. Non-conductivity of Zirconia:
Zirconia does not conduct electricity – a huge benefit. Bacterial growth on the surface of ceramic teeth implants is far less likely than titanium due to it’s non-conductivity. Metal conductivity and corrosion promotes bacterial growth. Research shows healthier gums around zirconia-ceramic relative to metal including titanium and other metal restorative materials. Zirconia implants are the perfect choice for tooth replacement.
Ceramic does not interfere with the movement of energy though the body’s meridians. Because zirconia tooth implants are biocompatible, it is an ideal material for tooth replacement for people who want holistic and biologic treatments.
Titanium vs Zirconia Implants:
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Issues of ceramic vs titanium implants need to be further explored as do issues of root canals vs zirconia implants. While the corrosive properties of titanium implants has been established, we will need to see how this impacts long-term titanium implant success and if it is a true cause or risk factor in titanium implant failure.
There has been a big evolution of zirconia implants. We Currently use Zeramex cosmetic zirconia implants due to their high rate of success, ease of use, biocompatibility and it is white and non-metallic properties.
Zirconia implants can be used in implant bridges, single implant cases and select full mouth implant cases. Ceramic implants are not ideal for all on four dental implants full mouth cases. Platelet rich fibrin prf dental stem cell techniques work well with zirconia teeth implants and bone grafting.
Is there a such thing as a Zirconia Tooth Implant Specialist?
Zirconia Implants are definitely placed differently than titanium implants. The crowns are also fitted differently than titanium implants. The bite needs to be adjusted differently than titanium implants too. It is advisable to seek a dentist who has experience in placing Ceramic Implants and not just any implant specialist.
Is performing Zirconia Implant Surgery any Different than Titanium Implant Surgery?
There is definitely a difference between the training for a Zirconia Implant Dentist vs a Titanium implant dentist. Zirconia Implant dentistry is more specialized and most Zirconia Implant Dentists have placed hundreds if not thousands of Titanium Implants.
What is the advantage of a Metal Free Zirconia Implant?
Really ultimately teeth can be permanently replaced with either Titanium or Zirconia. Zirconia Dental Implants are more biocompatible, metal fee and tooth colored. Depending on the patient and the situation Zirconia versus Titanium may or may not be advantage. In fact the end result may be the same. For example, if a bicuspid ( not in the smile zone ) is to be replaced in a patient who does not have an allergy to Titanium and who does not clench their teeth, really either implant material is suitable. If the patient is more sensitive to metals or materials in general, the Zirconia Implant would clearly be the better option. If the bicuspid is in the smile zone, the zirconia implant is the better option. If the patient is a severe clencher with many missing teeth, the titanium is less likely to crack. It is important to consider each situation and to use the best implant available for the given situation.
Metal Free Implant Dentists discovered Zirconia, a specialized Ceramic material, is accepted as a permanent tooth replacement material into human bone and gum. Zirconia Implant Specialists have seen 4 different generations of Zirconia implants ( aka ceramic implants ). Some of the earlier generations of Ceramic Implants did not integrate well into the jaw bone and there were technical problems with the connection between the top crown portion of the tooth replacement and the dental implant root replacement. With the new generation of Cosmetic Dental Implants by Zeramex, Zirconia Implants have all the advantages of a titanium implant but are tooth colored, non metal and white.
At the very least Zirconia Implants should be used to replace teeth in the smile zone and in patients who have metal allergies.