Dental implants are the first step in most restoration treatments where the tooth is completely missing. Afterward, a piece of material imitating your teeth (crown, bridge, dentures, etc.) is placed over the implant, giving you the look and feel of your regular smile in place. They are permanently implanted and meant to stay for the long haul.
The most common type of material used in the USA for implants is titanium, but more recently, zirconium oxide ceramic has been found to be another great alternative often used instead. Both are biocompatible, meaning they are able to coincide with the body through a process called osseointegration. This results in a strong base as your body’s oral tissue heals around the implant.
One of the advantages zirconium has over titanium is that it is white in color, making for a more natural-looking appearance. This is beneficial for those with thin or thinning gums. Also, it is only one piece compared to most titanium implants that are two parts, which can sometimes leave pockets where bacteria can grow. Zirconium is also hypoallergenic, so it is an added benefit to those with metal allergies. Both implants are safe to be implanted in the jaw as long as the bone structure is strong and secure.
Zirconia dental implants also typically only require a one-stage process, so if you get a tooth extracted, you can have a zirconia implant placed afterward. This, of course, results in a less invasive surgery with a quicker recovery time. For those who want to stick to holistic dentistry, zirconium ceramic is the perfect alternative since they are bioinert.
Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists are always researching ways to improve their practice and skills to help you have your best smile. That is why zirconia dental implants are the preferred approach when it comes to restoring your smile and helping you get back to your daily regimen without the annoyance of missing teeth getting in your way.
If you have any questions about zirconia dental implants, feel free to give us a call at 760-851-0314, or schedule an appointment with our office here in Palm Desert, California. Our team of specialists has the expertise, training and is always at the ready to help you have a complete smile today!