Ceramic dental implants are also known within the industry as zirconia implants. Zirconia is a type of ceramic and can be used in several dental applications, including the manufacturing of the implant itself as well as the core (or substructure) of the tooth. Using zirconia as the substructure material can provide a more aesthetically pleasing result than titanium as zirconia is lighter in colour and less likely to be seen through the outer porcelain layer.
At Chrysalis Dental Centres, we typically use dental implants that are made of titanium; however, we usually use zirconia substructures for individual teeth or bridges that are visible when you smile.
Strong and durable, porcelain material offers both functionality and a pleasing look that will blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. When placed over titanium or zirconia implants, porcelain crowns are an excellent choice for your dental implant crown and can help you achieve a completely natural appearance. Each porcelain tooth is carefully handmade by Chrysalis Dental Centre’s in-house dental ceramists to match the colour, size and shape of the surrounding teeth.
Whether you require porcelain crowns for a full arch, a bridge, or a single dental implant, our staff can help create your brand new smile. With more than 20 years of experience in creating porcelain dental implants, Chrysalis Dental Centres is able to create porcelain crowns that look and feel like normal teeth once placed on your implants. We take the utmost care to ensure the correct shade, fit and feel of your porcelain crowns.
As dental implant technologies continue to evolve, patients have the ability to consider new options, such as zirconia dental implants. Zirconia is a relatively new dental implant material and can be used in various implant applications. As opposed to titanium, which is a metal, zirconia is a ceramic material. Both titanium and zirconia can be used to create the actual dental implant. Integration of zirconia dental implants with the bone, while strong, are not quite as strong as those with titanium.
Zirconia can also be used to form the core of a porcelain tooth. Using zirconia instead of titanium as the core of the tooth sometimes allows for a more aesthetic result. This is because zirconia is a white, opaque material, as opposed to titanium’s metallic grey colour. Zirconia is less likely to cause a shadow through the porcelain.
Acrylic is most commonly used to form the base of a bridge or full arch. Prosthetic teeth are also often made from acrylic. Although we may often see it used, the term acrylic dental implant is actually used incorrectly in that acrylic does not form the implant itself. Typically, dental implants are made of titanium although some are now being made from ceramic material such as zirconia.
If you have been looking into dental implant procedures, then you have likely come to learn that titanium is the material commonly used to create a replacement tooth root. What you might not know, however, is precisely what makes it so ideal for this application.
Here are a few reasons why titanium dental implants are so popular:
- Titanium boasts the highest strength to density ratio of any metallic element, which makes it ideal to be used in the construction of something as important as your new dental implant.
- Titanium is also used for many other applications including orthopaedics, aircraft, armor plating, naval ships and spacecraft.
- Since magnets cannot attract titanium, patients with titanium implants can be safely examined with x-rays and MRIs.
- One of titanium’s greatest advantages is the fact that it integrates exceedingly well with bone. As a result, titanium is also used for many orthopaedic implant applications.
Have you been told that dental implants were not an option for you? You may not have to take “no” for an answer. Zygomatic dental implants may be the answer. If you have severe bone loss that has prevented upper arch dental implant therapy in the past and bone grafting is not an option – there’s another option available: Zygomatic dental implants.
The Zygomatic arch is a bony extension, just alongside the upper jaw (maxilla). When the upper jaw does not have enough healthy bone to support a dental implant, it is possible to place the implants into the Zygoma instead. Zygomatic dental implants are longer than regular dental implants. They are primarily used for supporting a full mouth appliance, such as an upper denture. This longer implant is extended into each side of the mouth, into the Zygomatic arch. It can be complimented with traditional dental implants in the anterior portion of the mouth. It is also possible to exclusively use zygomatic implants to support prosthesis when bone in the upper jaw is totally insufficient.
Instead of having to undergo bone grafts in your upper jaw, Zygomatic implants take advantage of the healthy bone that is already available next to your upper jaw. These implants are placed at an angle and utilize the available stronger bone, supporting your fixed prosthesis of teeth.
Using CT scan technology, the surgeons at Chrysalis Dental can pinpoint the exact location that your Zygomatic dental implant should be placed. This improves the overall surgical approach and typically results in a shorter recovery time for our dental implant patients.
By offering different types of dental implant techniques, Chrysalis Dental can provide less invasive, effective treatment options. You deserve to have options when it comes to restoring your smile. You man not have the option of traditional implants. Zygomatic dental implants are a great alternative to wearing a bulky, removable denture. Instead of simply giving up on the dental implant experience, Zygomatic implants allow non-traditional patients to have the same great experience of implant therapy.
Zygomatic dental implants are made of titanium. Titanium is also usually used for conventional implants. Each titanium implant stimulates the surrounding bone to develop new bone structure. This process is called osseointegration. Not only does this help to secure the implant in what is usually a permanent position, it also compliments the bony structures around it. It essentially serves a dual process – to securely replace your missing teeth as well as strengthen your bone.
Are you a candidate for Zygomatic dental implants? The surgeons at Chrysalis Dental can help you find out. We’ve helped transform the smiles of thousands of patients and offer numerous dental implant options for you to choose from. Our dentists will examine your smile, assess your oral health and make a recommendation about the type of implants that are most appropriate.