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What Are Ceramic Dental Implants?

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Ceramic dental implants are the latest advancement in the implants market. They are effectively the same as the metal implants but with a few key differences.

Difference Number 1 – Material

The main difference is the most obvious one. They are made out of a ceramic material rather than a titanium material. Even though the titanium material is safe to use in the mouth and is the same type of metal used in hip replacements and artificial limbs, we understand some patients simply prefer to not have any metal in their mouth.

Difference Number 2 – Colour

Because the metal materials are a metal type colour which is quite dark, they need to be placed further into the bone so it doesn’t give the restoration teeth a dark shadow (which is not aesthetically pleasing). With ceramic implants they are able to be placed not as deep into the jawbone as they are a white ceramic material and will blend in with your new teeth.

Difference Number 3 – Placement

Due to how deep the metal implants need to be placed, it does mean it requires a greater bone density for the implants to be placed in. With ceramic implants they do not need to be placed just as deep, meaning they can be used for cases who may have very little bone to place implants in (case dependent).

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If you have lost a tooth or multiple teeth and would like to know what options will be the most suitable for you, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today. Where our implant dentist will assess your case and offer suitable treatments to meet your needs.

Can You Get Metal Free Dental Implants?

If you need to have dental implants to replace missing teeth, then you will usually be offered a standard implant, which includes metal fixings. These are fine for the majority of people, but if you have had a reaction to titanium or nickel alloys in the past, then you may be wary about having metal in your mouth indefinitely. Finding non-metallic dental implants can be difficult, since most dentists only offer the standard versions of implants. However, we can offer you a metal-free ceramic version for peace of mind.

What Are Metal Free Dental Implants?

Dental implants which are metal free have zirconium dioxide (Zirconia) and ceramic materials in them instead of the traditional titanium or aluminium fittings. These have been designed to help people with sensitivities to have natural-looking teeth. Zirconium is also considered to have less allergen than other forms of materials. In addition, the zirconium material is also a lot stronger than aluminium or titanium implants, which means that they are more durable.

What Are The Advantages of Metal Free Dental Implants?

There are several advantages to getting metal free dental implants, apart from lack of allergens and an increase in strength.

  • Faster healing time after fitting. The process where metal implant bases are fitted into the mouth is well known, and may have already been explained to you by your dentist. Metal free implants are fitted in much the same way, but as they are a more tissue–friendly there is less immune response, no heat/cold sensitivity, and better healing
  • More attractive appearance. Because they are a white colour the colour of the gum will always be pink and identical to your natural teeth (metal implants are placed deeper to hide below the gum level)
  • Ceramic implants are a one piece design, meaning there are no sub-gingival connections for where bacteria could accumulate
  • Inflammation and bleeding is very rare to happen around the gums surrounding ceramic implants
  • Ceramic implants are placed at gum level, making it easier to clean and maintain

If you are unsure which tooth replacement option will be the most suitable for you, please do not hesitate to call us today and book your free consultation.

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By Dr Gursh Bajwa

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