Dr. Tatarin is pleased to provide his patients with the option of 100% metal free Zirconia (ceramic) dental implants by Zeramex®
- 100% Metal Free
- Safe and Non Toxic
- Aesthetic Tooth Replacement
What are Ceramic Zirconia Dental Implants?
Ceramic Zirconia implants are a variety of 100% metal free ceramic based dental implants designed to replace one or more missing teeth. Ceramic dental implants are FDA approved and have been used in Europe for over 20 years. Conventional dental implants are made from a titanium alloy and thus contain metal. Ceramic implants provide an entirely metal free alternative reducing the chance of a patient experiencing a metal sensitivity. In addition to being metal free, ceramic implants are white in color instead of a grey making them more cosmetic in some situations.
What Are Ceramic Zirconia Dental Implants Made Out Of?
Ceramic Zirconia Dental Implants are made out of zirconium dioxide a material proven to be biocompatible and corrosion resistant. Zirconia is extremely stable and cannot be broken down by the body. Zirconia is also naturally tooth colored unlike titanium dental implants which are a metallic grey color.
Gums Love Ceramic Implants!
Research have shown that bacteria can’t attach to zirconia as well as it can to titanium. This makes the gums heal around ceramic implants faster and the gums will be less prone to inflammation. With ceramic implants, the blood flow around gums is more similar to that of a natural tooth when compared to a conventional dental implant.
What are the Components of a Zeramex® Ceramic Zirconia Dental Implant?
Most dental implant systems all contain the same overall components once they have been completed and a replacement tooth has been added to the implant. There is the dental implant itself which is the part that replicates a tooth root. You cannot see the dental implant once healed because it is placed underneath your gums. After the implant has healed, a small screw attaches an artificial tooth to the implant itself. It is this part of the implant that you see in your mouth. Overall an “implant” to replace one tooth contains the dental implant, a small screw, and the artificial tooth it is designed to replace.
Why Zeramex Implants?
Dr. Tatarin prefers to use Zeramex® Ceramic Zirconia Implants because the entire implant “system” is metal free not just the dental implant itself. In other systems the implant may be metal free however the screw or other components may contain metal. With Zeramex® implants all the components are metal free not just the dental implant itself.
What are the Steps To Get A Ceramic Dental Implant?
After a brief consultation, Dr. Tatarin will evaluate the specific needs of the patient. He will then order a CBCT image which will help him visualize the patient’s specific anatomy. After the image is taken he will digitally plan the implant which improves patient safety and reduces the time of the procedure. The patient is then scheduled for the implant placement procedure which includes the surgical insertion of the dental implant in to the jawbone. After the implant is inserted the area is allowed to heal anywhere from 2-6 months before the replacement tooth is attached to the implant. During this time the patient will wear a “healing cap” over the implant to keep the area healthy and to train the gums to grow around the implant. After the implant has successfully integrated in to the jaw, the healing cap is removed and a permanent tooth replacement is added.
Do Ceramic Dental Implants Hurt?
Most patient experience very few symptoms if any. After the surgical implant placement the area will be a little tender for a few days however the post-operative discomfort is almost always less than the extraction of a natural tooth. Dr. Tatarin will prescribe an antibiotic and a gentle pain-killer after the implant is placed.