With holistic dentistry, it’s not just about taking an approach that works – it’s about finding dental solutions that work best in accordance with a patient’s entire body and health. While the traditional route of titanium dental implants does get the job done, it has several downsides that make it inferior to the holistic approach. Holistic dentists choose metal-free zirconia dental implants due to their effectiveness and compatibility with the body’s overall health.
One of the dangers of titanium dental implants is the fact that they can cause serious health problems in patients with allergies. Negative reactions to metal implants can show up immediately or could even take years to appear. When an allergic reaction occurs, a patient can suffer bone loss as well as implant failure. Zirconia dental implants, on the other hand, are hypoallergenic. This means that dental patients don’t need to worry about allergies and sensitivities to the implants. For those ultra-sensitive patients, a biocompatibility test is recommended.
While dental surgeries are intended to improve the patient’s oral health – aesthetics are always important. Titanium implants have a silver/grey appearance that does not blend in naturally with the rest of a smile. Dental patients with receding or thinning gums especially have issues with these implants. Titanium implants can appear gray underneath the gums, which isn’t a great look. Zirconia dental implants are tooth-colored, blending in with the rest of your smile and providing a more natural look.
Another issue with titanium implants is their 2-piece design. These implants come in two pieces that are connected with a fixation screw. If these pieces move under pressure, pockets of bacteria can form in between them. This could result in an infection and even implant failure. Zirconia dental implants have a one-piece design that eliminates this issue completely. And for those situations where a two-piece is needed or indicated, zirconia implants also offer this solution.
Another benefit of zirconia dental implants is how durable they are. Their design allows them to withstand great amounts of pressure and force without moving, wearing or bending in place. Titanium implants are more flexible, making them more susceptible to durability issues.
Comfort and Recovery
Many dental patients put off oral surgery due to the uncomfortable recovery times that can leave them out of commission. Zirconia dental implants require a less invasive, one-time surgery that increases the post-surgical comfort of a patient. Zirconia implants can also be placed right after tooth extraction, eliminating the need for multiple surgeries. Not only that, but the recovery times are also reported to be shorter than titanium implant surgeries.
Resistance to Corrosion
Another downside of titanium dental implants is their vulnerability to corrosion. When titanium implants come into contact with liquid, corrosion can occur over time. Fluoride from brushing can speed up this process and degrade the surface of the implant. Zirconia dental implants are made from biocompatible materials that are resistant to the effects of corrosion. These implants also do not create chemical reactions or conduct heat/electricity as titanium implants do.
Zirconia Dental Implants by the Experts
If you are in need of dental implants, it’s best to take the holistic approach with zirconia. Holistic Dental Center is inviting everyone to reap the benefits of holistic dentistry and is always offering specials for new patients. Ask your friends, family, and co-workers if they have been to a holistic dentist; if not tell them about the many benefits and the lifestyle.
Come to meet Dr. Vladimir Gashinsky! Whether you are actively looking for a new dentist or it’s been a while since you’ve been in the dentist chair. He has been in private practice at his Millburn, NJ office for over a decade, providing exceptional holistic and biological dentistry and surgical expertise in a friendly, home-like environment. For the very best in holistic dentistry contact us today!