There is an obvious trend to introduce into the market new dental implants from more biocompatible materials such as zirconium. Zirconium implants, which may also be referred to as ceramic implants, seems to be the new implant material. The white color of zirconium ceramic implants, its biocompatibility and low affinity of plaque, along with its high mechanical properties and osseointegration, make it a material of choice. to expand their customer base, as new generation of patients, which demands metal free implants is increasing constantly. Ceramic implants are mostly provided today by holistic dentists and is part of health trend world-wide.
Advantages of Zirconium Implants
The beautiful white tooth color of zirconium looks natural and does not seen through gum tissue.
Zirconium shows superior biomechanical properties like high fracture toughness and bending strength, giving zirconium implants the ability to withstand masticatory forces.
Zirconium is a biocompatible material, which FDA approved and considered safe. This means that implants manufactured from zirconium interact favorably with the human body and are non-toxic.
Allergies & Sensitivities
Some patients may be allergic to metal. Zirconium implants as a non-metal, ceramic material, have not been documented to cause an allergic reaction in patients.
No Titanium Ions Release
Recent studies are indicating that increased levels of dissolved titanium released from titanium implants into the surrounding tissues are associated with peri implantitis.
In Europe zirconium implants have been in use since the late 1980’s and in US since 2007 with very promising results.