Restore Your Smile with Highly Biocompatible Zirconia Dental Implants
When a patient experiences tooth loss, a dental implant is the best option to restore function and aesthetics to their smile. A traditional dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically embedded in the jawbone to replace a natural tooth's roots. More recent advances in restorative technology have provided a metal-free alternative that offers unrivaled strength and durability. Dr. Jason Collier offers zirconia dental implants to patients in the Memphis, TN, area at the Southern Dental Implant Center. Originally designed for patients with allergies or sensitivities to metal, zirconia implants offer a number of both functional and cosmetic benefits for the right candidates. If you are missing teeth and would like to learn more about restoring your smile with highly biocompatible zirconia dental implants, please contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Collier.
How Implants Improve Your Health
When tooth loss has occurred, the underlying bone tissue can begin to degenerate because it is no longer receiving stimulation from the tooth's roots. A dental implant, made from zirconia or titanium, replaces the natural tooth's roots and mimics this stimulation. This process protects against further bone atrophy and tooth loss.
Benefits Unique to Zirconia Dental Implants
The most apparent benefit of zirconia dental implants is that they do not contain any metal. While this is extremely important for patients who are allergic to metal, it also provides a restorative option for patients who simply prefer not to place metal in their bodies. Compared to traditional titanium posts, zirconia dental implants offer several additional benefits:
Enhanced Cosmetic Appearance
Because zirconia implants are completely white, there is no risk of a metallic color showing through the gums or the area where the restoration attaches to the post. If a patient has thin gums or suffers from gum recession, traditional implants can occasionally show through, causing the gums to appear gray or the implant itself to become visible beneath the crown, bridge, or denture.
Conductivity and Corrosion Resistance
The material is highly resistant to chemical corrosion. Metals can be corrosive, especially if your dental implant is in close proximity to another metal in a nearby filling or restoration. Fluoride in water can also cause corrosion to become more active.
Unrivaled Strength and Durability
Zirconia is well-known for its strength and durability. Dental implants made from this material are put through rigorous testing to ensure that the posts will stand up against the pressures associated with bite force and chewing. With proper at-home care and regular appointments, zirconia dental implants can last for a lifetime.
Protection Against Gum Disease
Traditional dental implants provide support to a crown, bridge, or denture via an abutment connector. These connection pieces provide an ideal location for bacteria to become trapped and multiply, which can lead to gum disease and other conditions. Zirconia dental implants have a solid, one-piece design that connects directly with the restoration within your mouth.
Contact the Southern Dental Implant Center
If you suffer from missing teeth and would like to find out if you are a suitable candidate for zirconia dental implants, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.