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Zirconia Dental Implants

Zirconia? Huh?

Dentists and patients agree that, when it comes to replacing lost teeth, implants are by far the best option. Unlike bridgework, your adjacent natural teeth are not disrupted and function and esthetics can be restored very similar to that of your own natural teeth. The preservation of your jawbone, and the shape/fullness of your face are also among the important benefits of dental implants. However, more than one type of implant is now available, and some of Dr. Jeffrey Etess’ patients at Integrative Dental Specialist of Long Island are taking advantage of zirconia dental implants.

Why Choose Zirconia Dental Implants?

Patients may prefer zirconia implants over titanium-based implants for a number of reasons including:

  • Although zirconia is initially a metal like titanium, once it is oxidized into zirconium oxide for dental implant fabrication, it becomes a ceramic metal / metal crystal with some distinct advantages. This means that individuals with any history of metal allergies and specifically titanium can take advantage of a zirconia implant without any worry about possible reactions.
  • Moreover, zirconium oxide offers many benefits such as wonderful biocompatibility and osseointergration.
  • Based on research, zirconia dental implants have demonstrated wonderful success.
  • There has never been a case of corrosion or allergic reactions to zirconium oxide implants.
  • However, what many patients like best about zirconia are its aesthetic qualities, as it is naturally white and more closely resembles natural teeth. This also means the greyish line that can sometimes be seen above the gums in case of gum recession with titanium implants would not occur with zirconia.

The zirconium oxide implant we use in our office is selected on patient specific situation, due to some prosthetic issues with zirconium oxide implants, Dr. Etess will help you select the best dental implant that is right for you.

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