Ceramic dental implants

You can find out what others say about ceramic dental implants here.

Otherwise click on the titles below for a summary of ceramic implant properties that are used at our dental practice.

Bio-compatibility

  • Zirconia is inert and therefore hypoallergenic. With a growing number of people developing sensitivities, allergies and compromised immune systems, zirconia dental implants might be a great option. Laboratories using MELISA technology have reported that about 4% of all patients tested to titanium will be allergic to it. For those suffering from allergy to an implanted titanium, multiple symptoms can present ranging from simple skin rashes to muscle pain and fatigue.
  • Several studies show that titanium alloys used in metal implants contain nickel which can trigger health problems in patients with a nickel allergy.
  • The oral cavity is a hostile electrolytic environment especially when metals are introduced e.g. titanium implants or amalgam fillings. The key components of metals and an electrolytic solution (saliva) enable a weak electrical current to form. The combination of acidic solutions and electrical currents can lead to corrosion of metals.
  • Corrosion is the gradual degradation of materials by an electro- chemical attack.
  • Many authors report increased concentrations of trace metals locally and systemically, with the concentrations associated with metal dental implants. These metals become ions in the body and bind to body proteins. For those who react to these, the body will try to attack this structure, starting a chain of reactions of biological and bio-chemical processes which can lead to a variety of symptoms.
  • The clinical significance of metal degradation related to metallic dental implants is evidenced by corrosion and wear products found in the tissues surrounding the implants. This degradation can ultimately lead to bone loss around the implant resulting in a weakened bone structure around the implant.
  • Ceramic dental implants being a non-metal, do not suffer corrosion. They will not conduct electricity or heat. As a bio inert material, ceramic implants will never trigger chemical reactions or migrate to other body sites.

Superior aesthetics

  • Zirconia is 100% white meaning that patients with thin translucent gums, or those prone to gum recession will not end up with a grey area at the gum margin.
  • Zirconia is non conductive.
  • Being all white means that zirconia more closely mimics what nature created.
  • Ceramic dental implants offer you a more beautiful and a natural smile.

Strength

  • Zirconia implants are designed to withstand tremendous masticatory forces.
  • They are well known for durability and inflexibility under pressure, which are excellent qualities for dental devices.

One piece design

  • Traditional implants consist of two components, the fixture lodged into the jaw bone and the overlying abutment that sits above the gum line, joined together with a fixation screw.
  • Micro movements can occur when these pieces meet together under our intense chewing pressures. The small movement can create areas which are moist and where anaerobic bacteria can colonise.
  • Toxins released from bacteria can lead to inflammation around the implant, eventually leading to bone loss.
  • Zirconia dental implants are a one piece design. This means no joints and therefore no micro movements between implant parts and no opportunity for bacteria to colonise.

This all contributes to its excellent bio-compatibility and contributes further to implant success.

Holistic friendly

Ceramic implants do not interfere with the movement of energy through our body meridians.

One stage surgery

  • In most cases, immediate placement of the implant after tooth extraction is achievable. This allows you to enjoy a shorter implant process.
  • One stage surgery is a less invasive type of surgery and means a faster and a more pain controlled recovery is possible in cases where there is no infection and where sufficient bone is present.

Comfort

Due to its excellent bio-compatibility and the inherent strength of Zirconia, you will enjoy natural comfort and function after a ceramic implant placement.

Karim is one of the very first dentists in the state of Western Australia to place zirconia implants.

Karim was taught and mentored by dentists from Europe and the United States. Having more than 95% success so far, he has treated patients from as young as 26 years old and as old as 77 years old. Karim has treated many local patients as well as others who fly over from elsewhere in Australia and some who even come from outside of Australia, just to have the ceramic implants placed. To these patients, Karim is very thankful for their trust.

CeraRoot Ceramic Implants

Karim uses the Australian Health Department approved ceramic dental implants.

Further references on ceramic implants are available here.