- Zirconia is the only feasible option for a patient looking to have dental implants but is concerned about metal-free dentistry. This inert material can be an excellent choice for people with known metal allergies or sensitivities.
- Zirconia implants are more aesthetically pleasing, eliminating the risk of dark lines around the gingival region.
- In the beginning, they were only available as a one-piece dental implant, but introducing two-piece zirconia dental implants allows abutments to be fully customized, creating the best outcomes.
- A zirconia implant could be healthier for the soft tissue because it retains less plaque and calculus than titanium implants.
- Zirconia has excellent flexural strength and is known to be superior to other ceramics in resistance to fracture. It is a desirable choice for implant and holistic dentist due to its material being white in color, having low thermal conductivity, and a low modulus of elasticity.
- Studies show zirconia dental implants are good or even better than titanium in terms of osseointegration. This finding is due to the high level of contact between the dental implant and the jawbone, allowing the bone to fuse tightly with the implant, resulting in osseointegration.
Cons Of Choosing Zirconia Implants
- Low-temperature degradation could potentially result in the material’s mechanical properties degrading, reducing the material’s strength, density, and toughness. There haven’t been a significant amount of clinical studies on the long-term success of these products.
- Aseptic loosening causes a majority of the recorded failures for two-piece dental implants. Due to minimal research into two-piece zirconia dental implants, some physicians may prefer one-piece dental implants. Still, you need to consider the limitations of these systems.
- Additionally, positioning a zirconia dental implant in a less-than-optimal location could negatively affect the material’s physical properties.
- Single-piece zirconia implants also require a load-free healing period. This load-free healing period can sometimes be tricky to achieve in specific clinical situations.
Overall, clinical studies show the cumulative survival rates of the zirconia implant is equal those of titanium dental implants.
Contact SmileHaven Dental Center Today!
At SmileHaven Dental Center, we provide patients with a complimentary dental implant consultation to discuss the best course of treatment as well as the benefits of zirconia dental implants on your overall health and wellness. Call our La Mesa dental team today at (619) 464-2801 to schedule your metal-free dental implant consultation with Dr. Stephen Chan. We treat patients with Zirconia metal-free dental implants from La Mesa, Tierrasanta, Santee, Mission Valley, El Cajon, Hillcrest, downtown San Diego, and from many areas throughout San Diego.