You don't want to let a missing or damaged tooth go untreated. Dental implants are the go-to solution for missing teeth or teeth that need to be removed due to damage. Implant technology is constantly evolving.
Individuals who may have worried about the side effects of dental implants in the past can now take advantage of metal-free implants.
What Are Metal-Free Implants?
Metal-free dental implants, which are officially known as zirconia implants, contain no metals. Both the tooth and the abutment used to anchor the replacement tooth to the jaw bone are made from a ceramic-like material.
Zirconia, which is better known for its ability to replicate diamonds, can be treated in its crystal form to create a ceramic material that is classified as metal-free. A zirconia implant can be a single unit or feature a more traditional two-piece design that is seen in metal dental implants.
Who Should Invest in Zirconia Implants?
A wide range of patients can benefit from zirconia implants. Traditional implants contain a lot of titanium. While titanium is technically a bio-compatible substance, patients who are sensitive to metal exposure might have difficulty with titanium implants. This is due to the fact that a small amount of nickel is contained within the titanium alloy used to create dental implants.
A zirconia implant eliminates all risk of an allergic reaction occurring. Other people who might want to take advantage of the metal-free design of zirconia implants are those that want to keep their dental work as natural as possible.
What Are the Benefits of Zirconia Implants?
In addition to eliminating metal exposure, zirconia implants can offer a wide range of benefits. A dental implant is not a living structure. This means that there is no blood supply to the implant. As a result, some implants can become brittle over time.
Zirconia has a high flexural strength that allows it to retain its shape while still having a slight give. This flexural strength can help zirconia implants resist fractures.
The absence of metal in zirconia implants can also prevent potential complications. There is no possibility that traces of metal will find their way into the bloodstream following the placement of a zirconia implant. The reduced risk of an allergic reaction can also prevent infection and ensure that the gums around the implant site heal properly.
If you are thinking about investing in dental implant services, ask your dentist if zirconia implants might be right for you.