Ceramic Dental Implants
What are ceramic implants?
Dental implants are made of posts that are screwed into the jawbone, anchoring the final crown restoration and serving as excellent replacements for missing teeth. Generally these artificial implants are made out of titanium. In the 1980’s, Zirconia dental implants were introduced into dental implantology as a metal free, ceramic alternative.
Benefits of Ceramic Implants
One advantage to having ceramic implants is that they are metal free and therefore do not release metal ions into the tissues / body.
Our ceramic implants are made of material similar to tooth-color which can help aid in the aesthetic appearance of the tissues and dental restorations, unlike metal implants that have the potential to show through thin, translucent gums or gum recession.
Osseointegration is the process of an implant (made of foreign material) fusing with bone. Zirconia—the component used in ceramic implants—has proven to be a biocompatible substance that can integrate with your jaw bone.
The biocompatibility of Zirconia can provide a stable structure to build dental restorations.
A very popular advantage of ceramic implants is the potentially reduced risk of allergic response to the Zirconia material compared to metal options. The metal free factor can provide peace of mind for patients with allergies or sensitivity to metals.
Would I benefit from ceramic implants?
Ceramic implants can be beneficial for those who are missing teeth and have metal sensitivity or allergy concerns. If one or more of the following factors describe you, you may be a good candidate for this teeth replacement option:
- Missing one or more teeth
- Good overall health
- Adequate jawbone mass and support
- Healthy gums
- Thin or translucent gums or gum recession
- Sensitivity/allergy to metals
- Looking for a metal free approach
- Committed to oral health
Metal-Free Implant Options
Are ceramic dental implants safe?
The possible risks posed by ceramic dental implants are essentially the same as metal implants and any surgery in which a foreign body is placed in the body: infection at the implant site, injury or damage to surrounding structures, nerve damage, and sinus problems. However, the success rate of ceramic implants is similar to metal implants and the benefits of ceramic materials can help ensure the most optimal results possible.
The Cost of Ceramic Implants
When you come in for a consultation, we will help you decide if you’re a candidate for ceramic implants and provide you with a detailed treatment plan that fits exactly with your oral needs and goals. The cost of ceramic implants depends on the particulars of each person’s case. That’s why we invite you to come in for an evaluation where we can give you an accurate estimate of potential costs.
Are you ready to replace your missing teeth and restore your smile with metal-free implants?
Call our office with questions or to request an appointment. Olympia Office Phone Number 360-456-5678