Zirconia Dental Implants in Seattle
Until fairly recently, dental implants were constructed from titanium, which is a silver-colored metal material. Though strong and durable, titanium raised concerns about aesthetics and biocompatibility.
As holistic and metal-free dentistry practices have become more popular in the past decade or so, zirconia has emerged as an appealing alternative implant material. Zirconia offers the strength of metal, combined with the aesthetics of tooth-colored ceramic.
Kois Dentistry in Seattle offers zirconia implants for patients seeking a tooth replacement option created from attractive, biocompatible materials. These implants are strong, safe and very similar to natural teeth in appearance.
Benefits of Zirconia Implants
Esthetically pleasing: Zirconia implants are completely white and not visible in the mouth when smiling or speaking. Esthetics is a concern with titanium implants, as they can show up in patients with thin, translucent or recessed gums.
Strong – Zirconia is extremely strong, durable and inflexible under pressure, so it stands up well to the forces of chewing and biting.
One-piece design – Zirconia implants have a single piece design. Compare that to traditional implants, which have two metal pieces: the implant post or screw that is placed in the jawbone, and the abutment piece that connects the post to the artificial tooth. One of the problems with the two-piece design is that the junction between the pieces can shift slightly, creating a great place for bacteria to accumulate and eventually causing problems and possible implant failure.
Complete assimilation to the jawbone: Zirconia is a biocompatible material that completely assimilates with the jawbone, actually becoming part of the bone anatomy. This provides a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.
Non-corrosive: Because it is bioinert, zirconia won’t cause inflammation or a chemical reaction leading to other health problems. Titanium materials have been shown to corrode, releasing particles that may prompt the body to attack them. The resulting chain reaction can cause serious health concerns.
Non-allergenic: Zirconia is a great option for individuals that have sensitivities to metal materials, or compromised immune systems.
Holistic – Because it is bioinert, zirconia is an appealing material for individuals that care about finding holistic dental solutions.
Placing Zirconia Implants
Zirconia implants are designed to be placed immediately after tooth extraction, if needed. This eliminates the need to go without a tooth while the extraction site heals and the implant is being constructed.
The placement surgery is short and less invasive than traditional implant placement.
An opening is made in the jawbone beneath the gap left by the missing tooth. The zirconia implant is placed in the jawbone to function at the tooth root. The top of the implant, which sits above the gumline, looks and feels exactly like a natural tooth. In fact, it should blend in seamlessly with the surrounding natural tooth. The implant is completely self-supporting and does not rely on the adjacent teeth for strength or support.
With zirconia implants, the recovery period is expedited and there is generally less pain and discomfort during the initial healing.
Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Zirconia Implants
To learn more about Zirconia implants and whether they are the best tooth replacement option for your needs, please contact Kois Dentistry and schedule a consultation. Call or email our office today.