Zirconia Dental Implants

Tooth loss is detrimental to your appearance, chewing function, and overall oral health. When it comes to replacement options, none are more sought-after than dental implants. Traditionally, dental implants were fabricated from titanium. While these implants are successful for many, some patients develop metal allergies or sensitivities to the material. Zirconia implants are completely inert and are the premiere solution for those who prefer metal-free dentistry.

We exclusively use zirconia implants at our Providence, RI, practice. If you have been searching “biological dentistry near me”, look no further than Well Rooted Dentistry.

Benefits of Zirconia Dental Implants

There are several advantages to using zirconia implants. For example:

  • Zirconia integrates with natural bone tissue the same way that titanium does. Osseointegration is essential for the long-term stability and success of your treatment.
  • Because zirconia is white in color, these implants are more aesthetically pleasing than their titanium counterparts.
  • Zirconia implants have been FDA-approved since 2011.
  • There is a much lower risk of allergic reaction when placing zirconia implants.
  • Research studies indicate that zirconia implants have a success rate of up to 98 percent.
  • Some research suggests that plaque accumulation is less likely around zirconia implants.
  • Zirconia resists corrosion.
  • Zirconia is a poor thermal and electrical conductor. Therefore, there is no concern of battery or galvanic effects.

Exploring Candidacy

To qualify for dental implant treatment, patients must have sufficient jawbone density. During your initial consultation, we will take scans and x-rays to evaluate the health of the bone tissue and identify the nerves, sinuses, and other important landmarks.

If you have gum disease or tooth decay, these issues must be resolved first. Poor oral health can have a negative impact on the long-term success of your implants.

Dental Implant Placement

When you arrive the day of your procedure, local anesthesia will be administered to numb the treatment area. Your dentist then makes a small incision in the gum tissue to access the bone underneath. The implant site is carefully prepared using a series of specialized dental instruments. Finally, the zirconia dental implant is placed into the jaw, the gum tissue is repositioned, and the incision is closed.

While some patients may be able to receive a restoration on the same day, most individuals will need to heal for approximately three to six months following implant placement. This gives the bone plenty of time to fuse to the implant for optimal stability.

Dental Implant Recovery

Following implant placement, initial healing usually takes less than one week. While most patients can resume normal activities the same day, we recommend avoiding strenuous exercise for at least 48 hours. This helps reduce the risk of excessive bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. Patients should also keep the surgical site clean, and closely follow the postoperative instructions provided by our team.

Caring for Your New Implant

Fortunately, maintaining the health of your implant doesn’t involve any more steps that normal brushing and flossing. An antibacterial mouthwash can also help keep harmful microbes at bay. Patients should also continue to see their dentist for routine exams and cleanings.

Contact Our Practice

Are you searching for “biological dentistry near me”? If so, consider scheduling a consultation at our practice. Our team of experts is standing by to answer any questions you have. Contact us online or call us at (401) 533-9680.

Hours:
Monday/Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Address:
The BioMed Center New England
111 Chestnut Street
Providence, RI 02903