Metal Free Dental Implants – Everything you need to know about Zirconia Dental Implants

Dr. Licenblat holding Zirconia Dental Implant

Throughout the years, the materials used for dental treatments such as implant surgery were mostly metallic in nature. This is because metal is known to be sturdy and long-lasting. Today however, with growing concerns of many patients regarding what they put into their bodies, a metal free option in the form of Zirconia dental implants is proving to be a popular and effective implant choice.

Dr Dean Licenblat, Practice Principal of Sydney Dental Aesthetics & Implants (SDAI) is one of the few practitioners in Sydney offering zirconia dental implants as a solution for his patients. Dr Dean Licenblat is an Australian leader and pioneer in metal free dental implants and is creating beautiful, healthy smiles for many Sydney siders.

Zirconia dental implants- the completely metal free alternative

Zirconia dental implant

Zirconia- The origin

Zirconia has been used for decades in hip replacement surgery. The load bearing and biocompatible qualities of this material have proven to be exceptionally strong with superior bone integration properties. Zirconia has been nicknamed ‘ceramic steel’ due to its superior strength and mechanical properties. Zirconia implants are not only strong; they do not react with saliva and other chemicals in the mouth. There is no corrosion with ceramic materials making them ideal for holistic oral surgery procedures.

Ideal alternative if you have a metal allergy

There is a growing percentage of patients who have a metal allergy and cannot tolerate having metal fused to their bone as part of an implant procedure. Zirconia implants serve as an ideal alternative to titanium implants. Zirconia metal free dental implants are biocompatible and hypoallergenic. They consist of a naturally occurring material thereby offering a more natural approach to addressing missing teeth.

Easier to Maintain

Zirconia implants are easier to maintain and clean because their restorative margin is at the gum level, which can be reached by the toothbrush and floss.

Looks similar to your tooth roots

Zirconia implants appear very similar in appearance to natural teeth. This means they won’t peek out of the gumline the way metal-coloured implants would.


Bacteria can accumulate much faster in metal surfaces. Zirconia however enables your gums to be healthier and better preserved. The material does not corrode like metal nor will it cause infection.

Less bleeding and inflammation risk

It’s quite rare for you to end up bleeding or getting an infection when you have a zirconia implant placed.

Titanium still a trusty option

Titanium dental implants are a traditional long-lasting, permanent and durable tooth replacement option for one or multiple missing teeth. Titanium implants have high success rate and have been widely adopted as an effective way to replace missing teeth.

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SDAI are the leaders in dental innovation and dental implants

Whilst there are many implant systems available, at Sydney Dental Aesthetics and Implants (SDAI), we only use premium, scientifically approved and rigorously tested implant systems as they prove to be extremely successful, boasting a greater than 90% success rate. Patients who have excellent oral hygiene and take care of their teeth and gums can enjoy implants that last a lifetime.

Are you interested in finding out more about dental implants and what options are most suitable for you?

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