Dental implants are the gold standard for those who are looking to replace missing teeth. Traditionally, a dentist uses titanium implants, which are not only strong but also allow for the jawbone to grow around the implant through a process called osseointegration.
With that being said, not all dental implants are created equal. While studies have shown that dental implant success rate is relatively high, there are some drawbacks primarily due to the use of titanium instead of a more bioinert material.
Luckily, there is an alternative to traditional titanium dental implants: metal-free zirconia dental implants. Here are a few reasons why we recommend that you try metal-free zirconia dental implants over titanium dental implants.
Titanium dental implants can often make your gums appear gray due to the metal in the implant, which is one of the reasons why titanium implants are embedded deep into the gums. Zirconia implants are entirely white and help retain the natural pink color of your gums.
While both titanium and zirconia implants are biocompatible, meaning that they allow for the gums and bone to grow and anchor the implant into place, bacteria are much more likely to grow around metal than zirconia which is ceramic. This bacteria growth can cause your gums to recede which can be remedied with a gum graft.
We all know what happens to metal when it is exposed to the elements, it begins to rust and corrode. Titanium, while very strong, is a metal and is susceptible to corrosion even in the mouth. Minerals that are otherwise good for healthy teeth, such as fluoride, can actually accelerate the corrosion. Because zirconia implants are made from ceramic they are not susceptible to corrosion and do not conduct heat or electricity.
While it is relatively uncommon, some individuals are allergic to titanium. Titanium implants can cause flu-like symptoms in individuals with titanium allergies, and the gums around the implant site are also likely to swell causing the body to reject the implant. Zirconia implants are hypoallergenic and are a great option for those who are allergic to titanium but are looking to get dental implants.
Dental implants are typically composed of three different parts. There is the implant itself that goes into the jawbone, a dental crown that sits atop the implant, and the abutment that connects the implant and the crown. While this is a solid design, sometimes there is some reshaping of the bone around the implant. Bacteria also does tend to grow around the abutment, increasing the risk of infection. Zirconia implants are constructed from one solid piece which helps prevent bacterial growth and bone reshaping.
It is true that zirconia implants have not been around as long as their titanium counterparts, but early studies indicate that they are just as effective which is why we are proud to offer them at Ravon Knopf. If you or someone you love are looking for a fantastic implant dentist in Beverly Hills, give us a call at (310) 275-5325 to schedule an appointment today.