There has been a lot of talk in recent years about zirconia implants, and why many people are now preferring them as their “dental implant of choice”. But what are they, why are they different, and most importantly, are zirconia implants safe?
We explain everything here in this short post.
What are zirconia implants?
Zirconia implants are exactly what they sound like; dental implants made from zirconia, rather than the usual titanium.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with titanium implants, and they have been the industry standard for several decades now, but in recent years zirconia has become the preferred choice for many patients and dentists.
The biggest difference between zirconia and titanium implants is their respective metallic composition.
As zirconia implants are made from ceramic, patients feel more confident with them rather than metal titanium implants.
Advantage of zirconia implants
Titanium and zirconia implants are both non-reactive and bio-inert, meaning that they do not cause local inflammation and are not rejected by the body.
On top of that, they are incredibly tough, but also easy to look after.
While there is not much to separate the two, zirconia implants do have two small advantages over titanium implants.
As they are typically white, upon closer inspection they are even less noticeable than the darker, metallic-looking titanium, resulting in a brighter, more natural smile.
The other small advantage is the fact that 0.6% of the population (around 1 in 200 people) can have an allergic reaction to titanium.
While this is extremely rare, many people prefer zirconia implants just to have peace of mind more than anything.
Why people are choosing zirconia implants
There are many advantages of both titanium and zirconia implants over conventional dentures.
Generally, people with dentures need to be careful about what they eat, but with zirconia implants, you can eat whatever you like as you would with your own natural teeth.
Zirconia implants are also designed to be a life-long solution.
If you look after them like they are your own teeth, they shouldn’t cause any problems, unlike dentures which need constant cleaning and tend to get loose over time.
With implants, you can forget about regular trips back to your dentist for a “tune-up” – once they are fitted, then that’s it!
Zirconia implants last longer, allow you to eat whatever you want and are more convenient.
For all these reasons and more, people are choosing them over false teeth.
The Sydney implant specialists
So are zirconia implants safe?
The answer is a resounding yes.
Our practice is one of the few in the country to offer zirconia implants, and it’s not surprising considering we’re only one of a handful of practices in Australia to be named a Leading Implant Centre of the World.
When it comes to our zirconia implants, we offer a natural and aesthetic approach to implant dentistry which is backed by the latest scientific research.
All of our professional staff members are educated in the latest Health & Safety rules and regulations and will ensure your safety is never compromised.
Our clinic is founded on three principles; respect, integrity and honesty, with our patients’ health and well-being our first priority.
These standards are the foundations for long-lasting and valuable relationships with our patients.
And if you are still uncomfortable with visiting a dentist, then we also offer sedation for all treatments.
If you have any questions about zirconia implants, or if you would like to book a consultation, please feel free to contact us today, and we’ll be happy to book you in or simply have a chat over the phone.