Zirconia Dental Implants
In the past, we used only titanium for dental implants because we didn’t have another option that was as strong and could bond with the jawbone. Now you have another option. Zirconia is an advanced ceramic that is as strong as titanium. It also bonds with your jawbone.
Not many dentists have caught on to the advantages of zirconia dental implants. However, Columbus, Ohio cosmetic dentist Dr. Firouzian is proud to offer them to his patients because they are:
- Highly biocompatible
These advantages make zirconia dental implants a better choice for many people than titanium implants.
Zirconia Implants Are Strong
When it comes to the compression forces that your dental implants will have to endure when you bite and chew, zirconia is even stronger than titanium. Yttria-stabilized zirconia (the type we use for implants, crowns, and bridges), is more than twice as strong under compression as the strongest titanium alloy used for implants.
Zirconia Implants Are Attractive
Titanium dental implants are highly attractive, but a small number of people might have cosmetic complaints about these implants. As a metal, they don’t look the same as a natural tooth root. Because they’re covered by the gums and bone, this usually isn’t a problem, but for some people with thin or translucent gums, titanium implants give a faint gray cast to the tooth root.
Zirconia Implants Don’t Rust
All metals corrode. With titanium, this isn’t usually a problem: titanium rust is normally strong and protective. However, in some situations, other metals in the mouth can cause damaging corrosion of implants. Zirconia implants are made of a ceramic that won’t rust.
Zirconia Implants Are Biocompatible
As metals go, titanium is highly biocompatible, but zirconia is a ceramic that is even more compatible with your body. It’s especially better for your gums, helping them to grow and stabilize around the implant.
Zirconia Implants Are Hypoallergenic
A small number of people (about 6 in 1000), have allergic reactions to titanium implants. Usually, these are people who already show allergic reactions to dental metals. Zirconia implants don’t cause metal allergic reactions, so they’re often a better choice for people with metal allergies or concerns about metal restorations.
Are Zirconia Implants in Columbus, Ohio, Right for You?
Are you interested in zirconia implants and want to know if they’re right for you? Please schedule an appointment with Columbus, Ohio cosmetic dentist Dr. Firouzian to talk about the advantages and limitations of this exciting alternative to titanium dental implants.
Variations in the Dental Implant Procedure
Every patient is different, so although the procedure described above is accurate for most patients, some may require a different procedure. If you’re replacing more than one lost tooth, we will likely place multiple dental implants in the same procedure. Instead of an individual crown, your Columbus dental implant dentist will replace your missing teeth with a dental bridge. A dental bridge replaces all your lost teeth and is secured by two or more implants.
If you’ve suffered significant jawbone loss as a result of gum disease or atrophy, a bone graft may be necessary before your dental implant can be placed.
In other cases, your dental implant may be secure enough when it is first placed that you can get a temporary dental crown placed the same day. It all depends on your individual situation.