We get a lot of questions about ceramic implants. There are many implant systems and companies who make implants. At this time there are many companies in Europe making ceramic implants. In the United States there are currently three companies. Z-Systems, Strauman and Ceraroot. We currently use Z Systems. In the near future Swiss Dental Systems will have approval by FDA for use in the United States.
I had Swiss Dental System implants placed in my mouth one year ago while attending the Europeon ceramic implant meeting. I know the creator of these implants and have been trained in their use. They are similar to the Z Systems implants that we are currently placing in our practice.
There are reasons that both dentists and patients do not want the titanium implants that are more common. These range from improved esthetics with Zirconia implants, concerns about allergy to metals. Some titanium implants contain up to 6 % aluminum. According to Vera who developed the Melissa test for allergies titanium implants contain up to 20 trace elements that some people react to in very minute amounts. Another concern that some people have is electro galvanism. When dissimilar metals are in contact with each other or solutions like water or saliva a current is generated. I have practiced metal free dentistry for many years because of my own sensitivity to metals in my mouth.