Which Type of Dental Implants Are Right for You?

Dental implants have come a long way since the first “modern” titanium implants in the 1980-s. As implant technologies have evolved over the past several decades, there are now three general types of implants you could choose from:

  • titanium implants with titanium abutment

  • titanium implants with zirconia abutment

  • zirconia implants with zirconia abutment

All three implant options are designed to replace missing teeth and are permanently anchored to the jaw bone. Zirconia started to be used by dentists back in the 1990s. At this time, this material was used to make crowns, bridges, overlays, and other such dental cosmetic appliances.

 

What Is Zirconia?

Zirconia is a naturally occurring mineral found in nature. It is often compared to the hardness of diamonds. When it is used for dental applications, the composition of the mineral is slightly changed during the process that makes it tooth colored. The zirconia mineral is oxidized zirconium (zirconium oxide) which is a very hard ceramic material.

What Is the Difference Between Zirconia Implants and Ceramic Dental Implants?

There is no difference between zirconia and ceramic implants. Sometimes this type of implant is also referred to as zirconium oxide implants. No matter what you call them, they are all the same type of implant.

Are Zirconia Implants Better than Titanium Implants?

Both materials are bio-compatible with the body, so it is just a matter of personal choice. However, if you have thin gum tissue, you could develop a gray line on your gums if you use titanium implants. Other advantages zirconia offers over titanium includes:

  • harder than titanium

  • non-corrosive

  • plaque resistant

  • non-allergenic

  • aesthetically pleasing

For more information about zirconia dental implants and why they could be the right choice for you, please feel free to contact the Center for Advanced Dentistry at (212) 758-1838 to schedule a consultation appointment today!