Comprehensive implants care meets non-metal ceramic Zirconia implant options at Napier dentist’s office
Dentiq is pleased to offer the most advanced treatments available to modern dentistry when restoring an incomplete smile. Dental implants are considered to be the gold standard in tooth replacement. We shine with implants that are designed like natural teeth; Dr. Sundar & Associates are skilled and experienced with every step of the implants process. So, they don’t have to refer you to an oral surgeon or other specialist for the actual placement of the implant in the jaw. In addition to our comprehensive technical capabilities, our patients in and around Napier may select metal-free dental implants made from Zirconia. These implants are placed by both our dentists.
The Zirconia difference
Today’s dentists have many different types of materials at their fingertips to rebuild a portion of a broken or decayed tooth, or the entire tooth. Most restorative treatments involve either metal or non-metallic options. For instance, a filling or crown may be made from metal alloys or ceramics. Sometimes, restorations are made from a mix of metals and ceramics, such as Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) crowns.
When it comes to implants, many dentists have conventionally placed those that are made from a type of metal known as titanium. This metal is strong yet lightweight, and has been used to reconstruct everything from arthritic knees to fractured hips. Titanium is also biocompatible, which means that it joins naturally to surrounding bone. So, it is “compatible” with biological or living tissues. When placed in the jaw, the implant eventually becomes a part of the surrounding bone. This process is known as osseointegration, and it usually takes about three to six months. Implants fused to bone provide a solid foundation for the replacement tooth to sit upon securely. In other words, the implant functions like a tooth root to hold the restoration in place.
Bio-compatible dentistry at Dentiq will ease your fears of metal toxicity
Hello, my name is Dr. Lisa Butler, and I’d like to speak with you about zirconia or ceramic implants. Zirconia or ceramic implants have been used in Europe for over 20 years. In addition, they have been used in the United States for over 10 years. What is it? A zirconia or ceramic implant is a dental implant made of compressed zirconium dioxide. Why would you choose this rather than titanium? The most important consideration is biomechanical stability. Ceramic or zirconia has been shown to be corrosion resistant, it does not conduct electricity or heat, and it is cosmetically more pleasing. You do not have a dark halo or shadow at the gum line with the metal showing. For the patient, the benefit is, the placement, the healing process, and the restoration process are all the same. In addition, the main consideration is that many adults have metal allergies—up to 30 percent of all adults. Titanium implants are not 100 percent pure titanium; they often contain nickel, cobalt, gold, or even mercury. So why would you risk putting metal in your mouth when you have a better alternative?
Zirconia is also biocompatible; however, instead of being made from metal, it is a metal-free dental ceramic. Patients appreciate that Zirconia is:
- Tooth-coloured – Pleasing to the eye, the material looks like natural tooth structure. There is no dark line that peeks through the gums as tissues change over time. They continue to look as naturally beautiful as the day they were placed.
- Hypoallergenic – Dental ceramics are appropriate for patients with sensitivities to metals, or who are allergic to metallic substances. These implants generally do not irritate surrounding tissues, and help patients to avoid the risk of adverse reactions.
- Non-corrosive – Ceramic implants are built to last; they don’t corrode like metals. Furthermore, ceramics have a low “plaque affinity,” which means that they stay healthy and safe by retaining less decay-producing bacteria.
This is just a taste of how Zirconia implants may be the best option to rebuild and complete your stunning smile. To find out more, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at our Greenmeadows office. Ring us at 06 880 6161.