Find out what Ceramic or Zirconium Implants are, what the benefits are to your health, where they can be placed and so much more in this 22 part series. Check in twice a month on our blog as we release new FAQ’s pertaining to this new and improved type of Implant system.
FAQ #1: What are Ceramic or Zirconium Implants anyways?
Simply put, Ceramic or Zirconium implants are a “metal-free” implant. Zirconium is just one row below Titanium in the chemical periodic table. Zirconium first became popular in its crystalline cubic Zirconia form due to its resemblance to a flawless diamond. For dental use, it is used in the form of zirconium oxide ZrO2.
It is a white opaque-looking product and in this form, labeled as a Ceramic. The material is very strong and hard and has also been used for making crowns and bridges. With the search for alternative implant materials, it was discovered that Zirconia also fused to bone (osseointegrated) much like Titanium.
Dental implants are tooth root replacements, capped with a Ceramic dental crown. The crown (replacement tooth) is connected to the implant with an abutment. Zirconia implants are somewhat new to the implant arena. In Canada, we have been using Zirconia for implants since 2013 (Europe since the late 1980’s) while we have been using Titanium for dental implants since the 1960’s.
Both materials are biocompatible offering high acceptance rates with the body promoting osseointegration, which means bone can grow around the implant material just as it does around our natural tooth roots.
To find out if this type of implant is right for you, check in here with one of our receptionists today who can book you in for a consult. During the consult, our treatment planning coordinator and dentists will individualize treatment that is individualized just for you.
Check back into our weekly blogs where we will be sharing more information about the benefits of Ceramic or Zirconium Implants as well as other news and insights pertaining to dentistry, holistic health and well being.