The latest in dental technology is all-ceramic implants. Implants can best be described as an artificial tooth root that is an anchor for an all-ceramic porcelain crown. Implants can replace one or more missing teeth and are much easier to take care of and clean than a bridge. There are advantages in using all ceramic (zirconia) implants over traditional titanium implants.
Two main reasons: ceramic is more biocompatible with the body than titanium, and it is more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Let’s talk about these individually.
Biocompatibility: Since Zirconia is non-metal, it is more like natural root structure and thus a better alternative to titanium. Ceramic is inert, non-allergenic and easily accepted by the body.
Aesthetics: Zirconia implants are all white and mimic the actual color of root structure. If the gums were to recede at all after the implant was placed, there would be no grey line at the gingival margin of the crown. This gives the tooth a more natural look.
Additionally, ceramic implants are very durable. These implants come in one piece, so there is no connection between the implant and abutment, thus eliminating a weak area for bacterial growth. Zirconia is also a poor electrical conductor so it is able to withstand changes in temperature, from hot to cold, without any corrosion.
As a person who is always looking for options that are more compatible with the body, and that will offer the best long-term result for our patients, this new technology in dentistry is very exciting for me. I’m pleased to be one of the only dentists in the Seattle area to be offering this service. If you’ve been told that you need a dental implant, but are unhappy about the options available, and are interested in learning more about ceramic implants, we would be happy to answer any of your questions and determine whether you would be a good candidate for a zirconia implant.