Why a Metal-Free Dental Implant

Dental implants have long been the best tooth replacement option available. They anchored in the jawbone like natural teeth, giving you a replacement tooth that looked and functioned like a natural tooth, required no special care, and could last forever. The only drawback was that it depended on a titanium root.

Although titanium is overall very safe and biocompatible, some people don’t get good results with titanium dental implants. In some cases, the problem is minor, such as receding gums around the implant making it hard to get or maintain an attractive gum shape. In rare cases, the problem was more serious, with an allergic reaction to titanium that led to implant failure and other effects.

A metal-free dental implant allows these patients to receive dental implants and gives us some additional benefits as well.

Metal-Free Dental Implant Success Rate

One of the great things about titanium dental implants is their overall great success rate, typically about 95%. Studies indicate that zirconia metal-free dental implants have a similar success rate, about 95%.

They have not been around as long as titanium dental implants, but currently, long-term studies show that zirconia dental implants so far last longer than the studies.

Benefits of Zirconia Dental Implants

There are many good reasons to choose zirconia dental implants over conventional metal implants, including:

  • More attractive
  • No risk of metal allergic response
  • Better odds of immediate dental implant placement at the time of extraction
  • Increased biocompatibility
  • One-piece design
  • Wider base preserves more bone
  • Compatible with holistic health

One great benefit of zirconia dental implants is that they are the same color as your natural tooth. This means that if you have thin gums, they will show through white, not grey like metal implants.

And if you have metal allergies, this is the only way to go. An allergic response is not only likely to lead to dental implant failure, it can cause systemic problems.

The wider base of the zirconia metal-free dental implant is good. It is more likely to be able to be placed at the same time you have your natural tooth extracted. And it means that in the long run, it will preserve more bone in your jaw.

The increased biocompatibility of the ceramic is especially important when it comes to your gums. Some people have trouble with receding gums around dental implants, but the zirconia metal-free dental implant encourages gum growth.

Finally, the one-piece design saves you time and reduces risk. With metal implants, some people need to have a separate procedure for placing the abutment—a little connector between the implant and the crown—but ceramic implants are designed without an abutment, just the root and the crown. And the abutment is a more fragile part of the dental implant. It’s thinner, which means it can be bent, and there’s a slight chance of infection at the intersection of the root and the abutment.

Are Metal-Free Dental Implants in Beverly Hills Right For You?

With all these benefits, we are happy and proud to be among the first practices in Southern California to offer this exciting new technology. To learn whether zirconia dental implants are right for you, please contact Dr. Nicolas Ravon in Beverly Hills today for an appointment.