Carlsbad Dentist Describes Benefits Of Zirconia Vs Titanium Dental Implants
An estimated three million people in America have dental implants and another 500,000 a year are taking advantage of this innovation. Are you missing one or more teeth? Are you dissatisfied with the fit and stability of a denture? Are you interested in a metal-free, long-term tooth replacement option? Zirconia dental implants may be a good solution. Dr. Al A. Fallah offers this service at his Carlsbadholistic dental practice.
CARLSBAD ZIRCONIA DENTAL IMPLANTS: THE BASICS
Each component of your mouth is part of a complex symbiosis. Tooth roots extend into the jawbone, providing the stability necessary to tear and grind food into digestible bits. There is interdependence between the mandible and maxilla. They need stimulation from bite pressure on roots to receive minerals and nutrients required for strong, dense bone tissue. Dental implants play a vital role in this circle of wellness.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that resides in the jawbone, becoming part of the body, rather than sitting on top of gum tissue. Implants acts as tooth roots, forming a stable foundation for dental crowns, anchoring dental bridges, or securing dentures. Implants provide natural stimulation for a healthy bone structure that helps to avoid a sunken facial appearance.
ZIRCONIA VS TITANIUM
Dr. Fallah may recommend zirconia dental implants as an alternative to titanium. This material has a crystalline structure with no metallic properties. Here are some of the reasons patients prefer zirconia implants:
- Aesthetics – Zirconia is tooth colored and has a translucency like a natural tooth. The result is beautifully lifelike with no opaque core or dark line at the gum margin.
- Improved strength and integration – Z-system implants used at Al A. Fallah, DDS, MICCMO, AIAOMT are laser treated. This reinforces bite force resistance and enhances surface architecture to foster osseointegration – bone fusing to the implant. Dr. Fallah’s long-term implant success rate is over 98 percent when he handles the entire procedure, from extraction to restoration (without immediate load).
- Non-reactive – Oral galvanism occurs when multiple metals are present in the mouth, creating electrical current. Anyone with metal restorations who has bitten on foil can attest to the immediate shock, and the condition is linked to ongoing health issues. Since they are metal-free, zirconia implants do not carry or produce an electric charge.
- Non-allergic – Approximately five percent of the population has a true allergy to titanium, and some implant alloys contain other metals that may trigger an immune system reaction, causing the implant to fail. This sensitivity could occur years after the procedure. Zirconia is quite biocompatible, with less than one in 1,000 people having a reaction. In addition, Dr. Fallah conducts biocompatibility testing before the procedure. This ensures use of the safest material for the patient’s unique physiology.
Placement of a dental implant is a precise oral surgery. However, Dr. Fallah and his team take extra steps to make the procedure efficient and non-traumatic for the patient.
The process begins with an examination and consultation. Dr. Fallah takes time to understand your concerns. He fully describes treatment options to help you make an informed dental care decision. Zirconia implants may not be the most appropriate choice for your situation. The doctor will explain why. You can count on Dr. Fallah to guide you ethically to a suitable treatment path.
Planning is of vital importance. Dr. Fallah uses a CBCT machine for hard tissue diagnostics. With this precise, low-radiation technology, he can perform a full three-dimensional surgery simulation before the patient is in the chair. This method eliminates guesswork with bone density, the position of nerves, sinus structure, and curve of bone.
IV sedation is available (but not required) for the patient’s emotional and physical comfort. Other differentiations include a slower-speed drill that avoids bone destruction caused by heat. The surgical site is treated with ozone, a natural anti-microbial element. Injectable Platelet-rich fibrin (I-PRF) at the implant site speeds healing. Procaine, homeopathic, and biomodulator therapy are additional options for enhanced healing. Most patients have little swelling or discomfort after the procedure, and the implant can be restored in about three months.Back to Zirconia Dental Implants Page