Dental implants are ideal for replacing missing teeth because they last a lifetime, they’re attractive and strong and you can chew, speak and smile just like you can with your natural teeth. When it comes to the materials for the implants, titanium and ceramic have been successful for integrating into the jawbone. Traditionally, titanium was the material of choice for implants. While it’s still an excellent option, some patients have concerns over allergies, galvanization, biocompatibility issues and other worries about metal. Zirconia dental implants, often referred to as ceramic dental implants or holistic dental implants, are a metal-free alternative. Zirconia has been proven just as effective as its titanium counterpart. We offer our patients the option of ceramic dental implants in Naperville at our practice and Dr. LaVacca will help you decide on the best option for your smile. Read on to learn more or book a complimentary consultation by requesting an appointment online or calling us at (630) 848-2010.
The Benefits of Zirconia/Ceramic Dental Implants
- Zirconium resists plaque, which keeps gums healthy and reduces the likelihood of gum inflammation after the procedure.
- The ceramic material is biocompatible and rarely causes an allergic reaction, which can happen for some patients with titanium. Because of the improved biocompatibility, research suggests ceramic appears to induce less of an inflammatory response in comparison to titanium. This means faster healing.
- Unlike titanium implants, zirconia implants are tooth-colored, so your gum line won’t look gray like it can with titanium. They are the best match for porcelain crowns and crowns that merge porcelain on the outside and zirconia as a base. Zirconia allows light to pass through, giving your tooth the natural transparency real teeth have. This is an effect that metal can’t achieve since it blocks the light.
- These holistic dental implants are metal-free, so you don’t have to worry about galvanization, corrosion, a reaction to the metal or a metallic taste.
- Zirconia is so strong and durable, it can withstand the pressure of the bite without fracturing or cracking. It’s ideal for replacing both anterior and posterior teeth.
- Zirconia has been shown to create a superior soft tissue response. The gums will grow around the abutment and won’t recede as they sometimes can with titanium.
- Zirconia has a very low thermal conductivity and the normal hot and cold sensations that can be felt with other materials don’t usually occur, improving comfort.