Published on December 31st, 2021 | by Vladimir Gashinsky0
Zirconia Dental Implants are Better for Health
It has been documented that as far back as 4,000 years ago civilizations attempted to place dental implants to replace missing teeth. In China, they carved bamboo pegs which were actually fixed onto the bone in the mouth. About 2,000 years later, the Egyptians attempted a similar practice of carving precious metals and pegging them onto the jaw. The first recorded case of a metal implant was found in an Egyptian king from 1,000 B.C. Archeologists have also found skulls with artificial and transplanted teeth made from ivory or jade.
Advances in technology and materials have improved substantially, and it is easier to replace missing teeth with a non-metallic alternative. Research has found that metal sensitivities are on the rise, but many individuals don’t realize they may have a sensitivity until it’s too late. Because of this, scientists began to look for healthier alternatives to dental metal. There are many studies that reveal that metal in the mouth can pose serious risks and lead to health issues that are not easily treated.
Ceramic zirconia dental implants were introduced because of their outstanding aesthetic properties. The non-metallic zirconia is white and much more natural-looking, closely mimicking the natural color of the jawbone and teeth, unlike titanium metal, which is noticeably gray on the gumline.
The latest research shows aesthetic quality is not the most important characteristic of this material. Due to their non-corrosive and non-allergic properties, zirconia dental implants may actually be safer and more beneficial to the patient than any other dental material.
Another important benefit is that the metal-free zirconia dental implant is resistant to chemical corrosion and will not conduct electricity or heat. It will never trigger chemical reactions, travel to other sites in the body or interfere with the maintenance of optimal oral health.
Unlike titanium metal implants, the fact that zirconia does not conduct an electrical charge is a big benefit. Growth of bacteria on the surface of a zirconia implant is far less likely to adhere to them due to its nonconductivity, thus creating an oral environment that promotes much healthier gums.
Designed to withstand significant force, zirconia implants mimic the best of nature with a variety of tooth-like contours and inert makeup. Zirconia is well known for its durability and inflexibility under pressure—an excellent combination for dental restorations and comprehensive, long-term effectiveness. Overall, zirconia dental implant patients experience a shorter implantation process along with a significant increase in comfort and function afterward, due to its compatibility with the body and its strength.
The Holistic Dental Center of New Jersey, in Millburn, is mercury-free and metal-free. Vladimir Gashinsky, DDS, has been in private practice for more than 20 years. For appointments and more information, call 973-457-4244 or visit HolisticDentalCenterNJ.com.