Dental implants are a very popular choice for replacing missing teeth. Many patients have concerns, however, about how their body may react to titanium implants. The good news is that a great number of holistic dentists offer metal-free dental implants, more commonly called zirconia implants.
The Status of Zirconia
The word “zirconia” has a poor reputation when it comes to gems – cubic zirconia is known as the fake version of a diamond. But in the dental world, zirconia is far from substandard – in fact, it’s downright close to being a dignitary, especially in the field of holistic dentistry and dental implants.
Zirconia is a white crystalline oxide of the element zirconium that is blended with other oxides so that the element can withstand high temperatures. Essentially, it is a white form of cubic zirconia, which means it is able to offer translucent qualities, like a tooth.
Titanium vs. Zirconia
Often, people who are interested in the benefits of dental implants believe they are ineligible for this cosmetic dentistry procedure because they have a metal allergy. With zirconia implants, the typical titanium used to manufacture dental implants is replaced with zirconia. A very durable substance, zirconia is classified as a ceramic and a poor electrical conductor, so as well as being able to tolerate heat it can also withstand cold temperatures (coffee, milkshakes, hot tea, ice cream, and so on).
It has been shown that the human immune system does not react to zirconia. Any patient with a metal allergy would be unlikely to develop a reaction to a zirconia implant. Plus, zirconia is simply considered a safer and stronger alternative to titanium that resists corrosion and acids in the mouth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
This development in the construction of dental implants allows nearly anyone to benefit from this cosmetic dentistry procedure. Missing teeth or unpredictable dentures can impact nearly every facet of your life. Dental implants are a secure and permanent solution to replace teeth or dentures or support a bridge.
Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like a natural tooth so no one will ever know that you are wearing a prosthetic tooth, or teeth. They also allow you to function normally, eating whatever you like without worrying about the consequences, like pulling out a tooth.
The health benefits are also present, as dental implants stop the bone collapse that can occur with tooth loss, thereby reducing that “sunken in” look and helping to preserve a more youthful appearance. Visit Dr. Vladimir Gashinsky for more information about zirconia dental implants, holistic dentistry, and smile restoration.