Metal-Free All-Ceramic Zirconia Dental Implants
Dr. Amato offers metal-free all-ceramic dental implants from CeraRoot® that are made from zirconia—a biocompatible, all-ceramic material that fosters complete assimilation into the jawbone, just like titanium, but completely metal-free.
Metal-free all-ceramic CeraRoot® zirconia dental implants are increasing in popularity for a variety of reasons. These implants are known to interact well with the bone and gums, and they are a good holistic option for patients for whom that is a concern. The all-ceramic dental crown placed over an all-ceramic dental implant look and function very much like the natural tooth and they provide total metal-free all-ceramic restoration. While new to the US, metal-free all-ceramic zirconia dental implants have been used quite successfully in Europe for over 15 years.
Biocompatibility & Optimal Osseointegration
CeraRoot® metal-free all-ceramic solutions are completely tissue-friendly. Your crown or bridge integrates beautifully with its surroundings, encouraging gum to grow back up to the tooth, as it would naturally.
A recent microscopic study performed at the University of Minnesota confirmed optimal osseointegration of CeraRoot® implants without any signs of inflammation or foreign body rejection. Zirconia Implants have a very high bone-to-implant contact and some studies have shown up to 80% bone attachment to the surface of zirconia dental implants.
Sometimes, a problem that can arise with some metal implants is an aesthetic one. Patients with very thin, translucent gums or those who are prone to gum recession (as are many aging people) may end up with the gray gums or titanium showing around the margin of the crown. Since zirconia is white, metal-free and all-ceramic, it can be much more natural looking in such patients than titanium. It’s a perfect base color that closely mimics what nature created in the first place.
The long-term success of CeraRoot® implants is one of the most important features of this innovative system. Designed to withstand tremendous masticatory forces, CeraRoot® zirconia implants mimic the best of nature with a variety of tooth-like contours. Zirconia is well known for its durability and inflexibility under pressure—an excellent combination of traits for dental devices.
Traditional titanium implant systems consist of two metal components (the implant that’s lodged into the jaw and the abutment that sits above the gumline) joined together with a fixation screw. Over the past decades, more ceramic components have been incorporated into dentistry due to their clinically proven strength and aesthetic benefits. Not only is there a trend to include all-ceramic crowns and implant abutments in treatment plans, but the implant itself is now available in a one-piece design made from biocompatible zirconia. CeraRoot® implants set the stage for the ultimate in optimal function, superior health, and natural beauty.
CeraRoot® implants are designed for the immediate placement after tooth extractions. This one-stage surgical approach minimizes implantation time and maximizes comfort. Many patients who choose metal-free all-ceramic zirconia dental implants enjoy a shorter implant process. Moreover, a less invasive surgery (one with fewer incisions or suturing) may be possible when there’s no infection and sufficient bone is present at the implant site, which Dr. Amato maximizes with bone grafts.
Overall, CeraRoot® implant patients experience a shorter implant process, along with the potential for a significant increase in comfort and function afterward due to biocompatibility and the strength of zirconia.
Another consideration in whether or not to place implants for a particular patient has to do with whether or not they grind their teeth (bruxism), and to what degree the grinding occurs. If bruxism is happening to a high degree, it might cause damage to the metal-free all-ceramic zirconia dental implant over time. In such cases, a nightguard is integrated into the treatment plan and ultimately, patients with any type of dental implants must be diligent about maintaining good oral hygiene, with regular dental cleanings a must.