Dental implants can be a great way to permanently enhance your smile and boost your self-confidence. Traditional dental implants are comprised of titanium, which is typically biocompatible in most patients. Some patients, however, may prefer a more holistic alternative to traditional dental implants for several reasons, including if they are allergic or sensitive to titanium, want a faster surgical procedure, or are wary about metal corrosion in their mouth. Zirconia dental implants are gaining in popularity as a good alternative for replacing a missing tooth.
Zirconia dental implants are similar to conventional titanium dental implants in function. Just like traditional dental implants, they look like a small screw which is placed into your tooth root. Over a period of time, the material fuses naturally with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration, which forges a sturdy foundation upon which to place your dental restoration, such as a crown or denture.
They are made of zirconium oxide, a biocompatible material that appears closer to ceramic than metal. It is white in color, unlike titanium, which is a shiny silver metallic, which is closer in appearance to one’s natural tooth color.
What are the benefits of choosing zirconia over other dental implant materials?
There are several reasons why zirconia dental implants might be the preferred option for some patients. They include:
People with allergies to certain metals, like titanium, now have an option available to them to replace their teeth permanently with dental implants. Although zirconia is still a metal, it is hypoallergenic, which is an important feature for those with allergies to titanium.
Zirconia is white in color, similar to a ceramic, which makes it match more closely in appearance to one’s natural tooth color. Even up close, a zirconium implant is nearly indistinguishable from one’s real tooth root, making it an attractive option.
Zirconia resists corrosion and is extremely resistant to heat and fractures. This makes zirconium a durable and safe option for patients to consider if they are seeking a holistic, biocompatible and long-lasting dental implant solution.
Patients today have more and more options when it comes to improving their smile. If you are interested in learning more about alternatives to dentures or traditional titanium dental implants, contact our office today to learn more.