Are you seeking an alternative to titanium dental implants? While titanium implants are widely used and offer many benefits, there are reasons one may want to seek out an alternative. One such alternative offered in Napier, NZ by Dr. Sundar and Associates and the team at Dentiq Dental are metal-free zirconia dental implants.
Zirconia implants have recently begun to be offered to patients as an alternative to titanium implants. Since titanium implants started to be provided during the 1960s, they have become the industry standard in implant treatments. There is a good reason for this. Through decades of success and innovation, implants made of titanium have consistently been one of the most successful dental devices, with success rates ranging from 94 to 97 percent. That does not mean they are perfect or suitable for your situation.
As the link between your body’s health and your dental health has been studied, attention has begun to be focused on zirconia dental implants. Zirconia implants, made from zirconia ceramic, are seeing increased demand due to their biomimetic properties. It has been found that the human body reacts very favourably to zirconia implants, with a low percentage of patients rejecting the implant, to put it simply.
When compared to titanium implants, several advantages have been discovered with zirconia. First, thanks to the tooth-like colour of a zirconia implant, there is no grey discolouration seen at the gum line. Titanium implants carry a risk of discolouration due to them being metal.
Another advantage of zirconia implants is their biocompatible nature. Allergies to titanium implants is one major cause of patients seeking alternatives such as zirconia. Allergies to titanium are rare, but it is nice to have an option if you fall under this umbrella.
Studies have also revealed that there is a lower plaque accumulation around zirconia implants. The chance of infection from zirconia is also lower. Zirconia is even better than titanium for resisting corrosion, and they are a poor electrical and thermal conductor.
If you want to learn more about zirconia dental implants, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Sundar and Associates in Napier at Dentiq Dental. To schedule an appointment, please call 06 880 6161 today!