In recent years, we have seen dental patients become increasingly interested in how dental materials and products can impact overall health. Many have chosen to have metal fillings removed and replaced; others are concerned about suffering reactions to the materials used in dental implants. At Anacapa Dental Art Institute, we focus on patient health and safety, and choose to use the materials and procedures we feel are in the best interests of the patients we treat.
When looking for replacement teeth, there are a lot of factors to consider. Due to increasing interest in holistic medicine and the concern of putting anything synthetic in our bodies, more and more patients are asking questions about the makeup of dental implants. For most patients, getting dental implants is a big step towards improving their oral health and so we understand that they want to make sure that they do the best thing for their bodies. Below, we will try to help answer your questions and in turn, help steer you towards the right decision. Zirconia vs Titanium implants – Which is right for you?
Here Are the Facts About the Differences Between Zirconia and Titanium Implants:
Titanium has been the standard for dental implants for many years, and for good reason. It is rare for any person to have an allergic reaction to titanium, and the material is very stable, and able to heal under the gums, fusing to the bone. For an implant to have stability, it must be fully integrated into the natural bone structure, a process called osseointegration. Once the implanted post is fixed in the jaw and completely stable, it is ready to have the new tooth placed. Once completed, the new tooth functions and looks exactly like a natural tooth.
Zirconia is a white metal/crystal combination that is commonly used in dentistry. It comes in a powdered form, and is a material that can more quickly and affordably create the tooth structure for crowns and bridges. Zirconia performs very well – possibly better than titanium, when used for a dental implant. Zirconia implants are white, so patients need never fear that the metal base will show. Many patients choose to have zirconia implants rather than metal to avoid the risk of an allergic reaction to titanium.
Advantages of Zirconia Dental Implants
- No dark color of the metal showing through the gums
- No corrosion of the zirconia as with titanium
- No piezo-electric currents between dissimilar metal in the mouth
- It is thermally non-conductive
According to CeraRoot, a manufacturer of zirconia implants:
“The gradual degradation of materials by electrochemical attack is a concern particularly when a metallic implant is placed in the hostile electrolytic environment provided by the human body.”
If you have lost a tooth or even all your teeth, dental implants can restore your smile and give you back your self-confidence – and can allow you to eat all the foods you love. At our practice, we want our patients to have the best possible result, and we genuinely care. We want to be the dental practitioners you count on and can trust to perform dental procedures that take your long-term health into account. We perform zirconia dental implants, and would be happy to meet with you to help you make the right decision about the type of implant would be best for you.
ABOUT YOUR OXNARD, CA, DENTIST:
We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jivraj contact our Oxnard, CA, dental office today by calling 805-988-3320. Our office welcomes patients in and around Oxnard, CA, including Santa Barbara, Woodland Hills, Ventura, and the surrounding Southern California communities.