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Bioceramic dental implants, a metal free alternative:
Ceramic dental implants provide better aesthetics, a more permanent tooth replacement solution, and better biocompatibility than titanium implants, metal implants, dental bridges, or dentures.
It turns out, titanium is susceptible to corrosion as a result of contact with saliva and other bodily fluids. Corrosion can also occur in dental implants as a result of stress caused by bite forces. There is a possibility that the same bacteria-borne acids that cause tooth decay may also have the potential to corrode titanium implants over time, though further research of this issue is still needed.
As titanium corrodes it creates an electromechanical disturbance in the body, causing pain and discomfort. Ultimately it can lead to the body rejecting the implant all together. The broken down titanium can cause metal toxication as it seeps into the soft tissue, blood stream, and even the bone. Symptoms include irritation and burning sensation in the soft tissue, pharyngeal swelling, labored breathing, narrowed larynx and abdominal pain. In addition, titanium oxide nano particles have been shown to induce emphysema and lung redness in adult mice.
The surface of the remaining metal structure becomes more abrasive as it breaks down, which can contribute to bone loss and can also be a factor in soft tissue irritation. Compared with a superior implant material like zirconia, titanium has an especially difficult time bonding with your gum tissue.
Allergic sensitivity to titanium is also a concern. Studies have shown that 20% – 25% of the population has some kind of metal allergy, and titanium allergies specifically are believed to occur in 4% – 10% of all people. Symptoms include oral ulcers, hyperplastic gingivits, oral dryness and loss of taste.
The Newer, Better Implant Material
Ceramic dental implants made of zirconia have many positive attributes that stand on their own merits. It is definitely worth noting, however, that none of the risks listed here regarding titanium are a significant factor with zirconia implants. It is a bio-compatible, nontoxic material that is not a known allergen. In fact, patients who had their titanium implants replaced with ceramic ones due to their titanium allergy have experienced full-mouth rehabilitation from their allergy
Another added benefit of zirconium implants has to do with how well the gums react to the material following surgery, lessening incidents of gum disease, high inflammation and implant failure. Whereas titanium products tend to create lingering and unpleasant complications including gum disease and inflammation, which is likely caused by the free radicals present in the metallic materials.
And finally, the long-term health benefits presented by ceramic implants include its proven ability to resist plaque build-up, making it easier for patients to care for their implant teeth and sustain good oral hygiene. Plaque accumulation leads to higher bacterial counts in the mouth and ultimately to high levels of toxins and inflammation.
Whether you’re concerned about potential complications presented by having metals in the mouth or if you are simply looking for a more natural result, ceramic dental implants are a great alternative to titanium dental implants. Holistic dentists tend to offer ceramic dental implants to their patients precisely because they support a metal-free philosophy.
It’s no wonder why Dr. Litano has been placing ceramic dental implants in his patients. The real question is, why isn’t everyone else?
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