Holistic Dentistry: Metal-Free Zirconium Implants
Only the best is good enough.
Healthy and beautiful teeth contribute significantly to our quality of life. They are essential part of our appearance. Choosing the right material is very important in the process of reconstitution of a dream smile. The standard for replacing a missing tooth is the Titanium implant. However, Zirconia options have been available on the European market for years. Recently, they have been FDA approved and introduced in USA. Zirconia is made of special ceramic (Zirconium oxide) that is used in the spaceships because of its high resistance to fracture and heat. This ceramic dental option gives great advantages to the patients:
HOLISTIC: It is no longer necessary to use Titanium or any other metal in order to have fixed teeth. Zirconia is the holistic dental option for absolute metal-free dentistry
AESTHETIC: The white color of Zirconium substitutes the metallic appearance of Titanium. The dark line around the gum disappears.
HYGIENIC: Ceramic work and crowns retain less plaque and calculus than Titanium, therefore promoting healthier gums.
Along with these advantages over Titanium, the Zirconium option has all the best qualities to be a material of choice for dental implantation. These qualities are comparable to Titanium:
BIOCOMPATIBLE: Zirconium is an inert material with very low allergic potential
STRONG: The flexural strength of the Zirconia dental option is close to 1200 MPa
OSSEOINTEGRATIVE: Zirconia has proven high level of osseointegration and bone-to-implant contact, confirmed in numerous studies in Germany and USA.
All ceramics are not equal
When teeth are manufactured from artificial biomaterials, it is essential to use ceramics of uncompromised quality in terms of appearance, mechanical strength and functional safety. Oxide ceramics provide proofed effectiveness in this field. Back in the 1980’s, Y-TZP (yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystals) had already been proposed for use in dentistry as a result of positive experience with orthopedic hip replacements. Since then, further important progress has been made in material composition and processing, making zirconia the preferred alternative to previously used materials. Zirconia ceramic implants have also been recommended by Dr Mercola and his team.
Our desire is to provide absolute metal-free restorative dentistry. That includes Zirconium crowns and bridges, pressed all-ceramic crowns, porcelain veneers as well as our Invisible tooth-colored fillings.
Holistic root canals
There is an old argument FOR and AGAINST root canal treatment. The holistic community completely rejects the idea, based on the findings of Dr Weston Price and the publication "Root canal cover-up". Modern dentistry accepts root canal therapy when performed within the required standards of care. Endodontic therapy have changed since the times of Weston Price, and now by using calcium hydroxide, alkalizing the root canal environment, we can achieve higher disinfection rate in the microcanals and tubules of the root. Disinfection with lasers and ultrasonic technology have contributed further to the process. Yet, one of the most frequent questions patients ask is: should ceramic implantology replace root canals and is it safer?
Our position: Yes, the holistic implant approach is an appropriate alternative to root canal therapy. It is safer in many, but not all cases. Healthy patients with correctly positioned, successfully osseointegrated, and functionally loaded ceramic implants, who maintain good oral hygiene, are at low risk for having future problems. The potential issues with implants in general could be implant fracture, bone loss and inflammation (periimplantitis, which is a type of gum disease) under the influence of local or systemic factors. We have seen very few fractures and no periimplantitis around ceramic implants vs titanium implants. The root canal tooth, on the other side, is susceptible to gum disease, decay and fracture. This is in addition to another problem: it has been scientifically proven that 100% sterilization cannot be achieved in infected roots, even with all the technology we have today. So the patient is always at risk of having a latent infection. Latent infection can slowly alter the immune system, or become active during sharp immune system decline (exercise, flu, stress, reduced sleep). There is a number of organs and systems in the human body which can be affected by latent focal infections. On the positive side, there are situations when root canal therapy, if done correctly and with the right materials, can have no negative effects. This is the case with preventive root canals, done before the tooth becomes infected with bacteria. Usually, we opt for that when a tooth with a deep filling is planned to have a crown. This doesn't exclude the possibility of future need for more work, because teeth (roots) without nerves and blood supply become brittle.
As in most arguable situations, we think that the truth is in the middle, and not in the extremes.