Metal-free Tooth Replacement with Ceramic Implants

Ceramic dental implants are considered holistic and hypoallergenic as they do not cause harmful issues in the body due to metal hypersensitivity or metal allergies.  As the dental implant industry shifts toward providing healthier tooth replacement options, implant specialists like Dr. Orth, are now recommending ceramic implants for the health-conscious patient. Because ceramic implants are more natural there is evidence of lower bone resorption and inflammatory response in metal-sensitive patients, when compared to those caused by titanium implants.  Due to the decreased inflammatory response in metal-free ceramic implants, there is no need for concerns of systemic inflammatory responses.  Ceramic implants do not promote corrosion, and plaque formation induced peri-implantitis (bone loss around implants) is less for metal-sensitive individuals.  If you desire metal-free implants, please discuss this option with Dr. Orth. 

What are dental implants made of ?

Dental implants have proven to be the most ideal solution for tooth replacement for decades.  As implant dentistry has grown, the materials they are made of continue to improve.  The two primary choices for implant production are titanium, or zirconia, which are better know as ceramic implants. 

Both material are considered bio-inert, meaning they cause little to no reaction in the oral environment.  Both are very strong and both can last a lifetime.  So how would you or your implant surgeon decide whether to go with a metallic titanium or meta-free ceramic implant?

Here is a comparison of the two materials to consider in your dental implant choice. 

        Metal Implant
Elements very by brand, but may include Titanium, Aluminum, Vanadium, Nickel, or other trace elements
         Ceramic Implant
Ceramic implants are a more natural, meta-free replacement option made of Zirconium and Oxygen