10 Reasons Why having…

Metal-free Zirconia Dental Implants

1.- Biocompatibility & optimal Osseointegration:

CeraRoot implants are made from zirconia—a biocompatible, ceramic material that fosters complete assimilation into jaw bone.

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. Other scientists have also reported  that zirconia is an ideal material for dental implants.

Image: Histology study performed by the University of Minnesota. 

2.- Allergies & Sensitivities:

CeraRoot zirconia implants are hypoallergenic, which is not the case with metal implants. Surprisingly, many cases of titanium implant sensitivity show up years after surgery when itchiness and inflammation develop around implant sites. It’s a perfect setup for bone loss and the potential failure of an implant.

Today, there’s a growing number of people who have allergies, skin sensitivities and compromised immune systems; therefore implantation of metal devices should be seriously scrutinized beforehand, especially since the removal of a titanium implant from jaw bone is not a simple procedure.

Before selecting an implant system, consider MELISA testing. It’s an innovative diagnostic tool used to identify metal allergies and sensitivities.


The MELISA test is very useful for the diagnosis of allergies and sensitivities. www.melisa.org

3.- Esthetics:

The inherent problem that frequently arises with titanium implants is an aesthetic one. Patients with 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 non-metallic and white, it is much more natural looking than titanium. It’s a perfect base color that closely mimics what nature created in the first place.

    

A metal aura is visible around the gum line of the two upper front teeth with metal/ceramic crowns. In addition to aesthetic issues, the teeth were deemed endodontic failures. The surgical treatment plan included two tooth extractions and the immediate placement of CeraRoot implants. After healing, all-ceramic crowns were cemented onto the implants, and the final result is a beautiful, natural smile.

4.- Corrosion resistant:

Zirconia is biocompatible material that is resistant to chemical corrosion, nor will it conduct electricity or heat. As a bioinert material, it will never trigger chemical reactions, migrate to other sites in the body or interfere with the maintenance of optimal oral health.

Titanium is another story. It’s been scientifically proven that a titanium implant will corrode in the wet environment of a mouth, especially if there is more than one metal in the vicinity (such as amalgam fillings, alloy metal crowns, bridges or gold onlays / inlays) to trigger reactions. Metal corrosion is even more active in the presence of fluoride that is free flowing in some water supplies, toothpastes and mouthwashes. It literally attacks the surface of the titanium implants. Many scientific articles have cited that titanium will not only migrate from the implant site into surrounding tissues but even into nearby lymph nodes. Read more about the corrosion of metal (titanium) implants that occurs in the human body.

5.- Non-conductivity of zirconia:

The fact that zirconia does not conduct an electrical charge is a big benefit. Bacterial growth on the surface of a zirconia implant is far less likely to adhere due to its non-conductivity, thus creating an oral environment that promotes much healthier gums.

6.- Holistic-friendly:

CeraRoot implants do not interfere with the movement of energy though the body’s meridians. And since zirconia implants are bioinert, they’re a perfect tooth replacement solution for patients who adhere to holistic health principles.
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7.- Strength:

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 and bioinert composition. Zirconia is well known for its durability and inflexibility under pressure…an excellent combination of traits for dental devices.

Image: CeraRoot 16 is indicated to replace molar teeth. The diameter is very similar to a natural tooth. 
 

8.- One-piece design:

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. Micro-movement can occur where these pieces meet when under the extreme pressure of chewing, thus creating warm, moist places where anaerobic bacteria have an opportunity to colonize. It’s a perfect setup for an unfortunate cascade of events to follow: the bacteria release toxins, inducing inflammation around the implant, which can eventually lead to bone loss and the possibility of implant failure.

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.

Image: Evolution of dental implants

9.- One-stage surgery:

CeraRoot implants are designed for the immediate placement after tooth extractions. This one-stage surgical approach minimizes implantation time and maximizes comfort. Moreover, a less invasive surgery (one without incisions or suturing) may be possible when there’s no infection and sufficient bone is present at the implant site.

10.- Comfort:

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. With CeraRoot, the odds are in favor of long-term success.

34 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why having…

  1. As a Dental Surgeon who has placed over 20,000 implants, and as with all my colleagues, I have never seen anyone have an allergy to a Titanium Implant. It is the same material as used in Knees, Hips, and other Joints worldwide.

    Allergies to metals that are in Porcelain fused to Metal Crowns that are seated on the Implant can cause tissue issues that will effect surrounding bone that is around the implant if it were to migrate along the implant interface, which if the implant is integrated properly and the attached gingival zone around the tooth is adequate, need to be addressed as well.

    The Manufacturer and Sales reps for these companies will tell everyone that the Zirconia or Ceramic Implants are Bio-Inert, but Titanium has and always will be the standard of care. Titanium is actually stronger as well and there are fewer fractures. If the Ceramic fractures, good luck trying to unscrew the threaded implant.

    Ceramic is fine, but there are issues with ceramic and tissue or bone interface that are not mentioned as well. For my time and interests, this company has listed issues that they do not foot note or substantiate and sell the Zirconia with fear in mind.

    This is unethical and immoral when discussing holistic medicine and materials like Titanium without showing studies to back it up.

    1. Dear Dr. W.K.

      thank you for taking the time to write in our website.

      We respect that you think that there is no better material for the bone than titanium (alloys). But please respect that we have a different opinion.

      We have been doing a lot of research in the field of allergies produced by metals in the body. You probably know that when we talk about titanium dental implants, the composition of implants is always based on an alloy with different metal elements. This means that the alloy of a specific implant brand can be made with a metal alloy completely different than another implant brand. In fact most manufacturers will not publish their metal composition on a regular basis because most the titanium implant systems contain very small amounts of Nickel- YES Nickel. So patients that develop allergies (or become sensitive) to the titanium implants, are 99% of the times not produced by the element “Titanium” but caused by the rest of the elements inside the alloy. Connected to the titanium implant, most patients have 3 different type of metal parts:
      1 part = implant
      1 part = abutment
      1 part = screw to hold the abutment in place
      So in summary, when a patient has these three parts introduced in the mouth they are NEVER made with the same chemical composition, and therefore there is a lot of corrosion and oxidation. When different metals are inside the mouth of a patient, there are electrogalvanic forces produced by the different ion charges of each different alloy.
      Ceramic materials do not corrode into the mouth. They are very stable and there are no surface microscopic changes. Ceramics or porcelains are the most stable and less toxic material ever used in dentistry. The more different metals present in the mouth, the more corrosion there will always be. This has been proven decades ago. Corrosion in the mouth due to different metal alloys is not new. Decades ago it was demonstrated that many patients with different metals in the mouth had electric currents that could be detected with electric testers.

      Just because most of the patients that have all kinds of metals in the mouth don’t have any health problems or don’t feel anything strange inside their mouth, it doesn’t mean other patients with more sensitive immune system will not be able to feel the corrosion going on in the mouth.

      Patients have all the rights to choose between different treatment options and materials for their mouth. It’s the relationship between the dentist and the patient that will decide to go one route or other.

      CeraRoot pretends to be another piece of the puzzle to help patients that do not feel well after having had metal implants placed in the mouth. Or patients that prefer to avoid metals.

      In the mouth the amount of corrosion between metals is MUCH MUCH higher than other areas such as knee or the hip, because the mouth contains saliva and many times we introduce acids such as vinegar or lemon juice or fluoride that increase the amount of corrosion.

      An allergy is not developed (most of the times) the day after the implant is placed. An allergy can be developed after years of exposure and corrosion. Patients which are already very sensitive to metals, will experience symptoms right after implant placement or right after the abutment placement or right after the crown placement.

      If you want to read some articles/research published by scientist from all over the world (not related/funded by CeraRoot) about titanium (alloys) implants in general you can visit:

      http://www.ceraroot.com/patients/zirconia-vs-titanium/

  2. Just a question or 2
    How does the cost of the procedure compare to other implant procedures?
    Why are not more dentists using this procedure/product ? Are they not getting trained to use more update products that are available?

  3. The majority of dentists in the Woodbridge, Virginia area are still using titanium post with some zirconium abutment on top of the titanium post. I wish there were more experienced CeraRoot dentists in my 22192 zip code because I don’t like going to Baltimore, MD for a consultation. Travelling to Park Ave., New York orWest Orange, New Jersey to meet Dr. Veselin Shumantov (an expert on CeraRoot implants) is quite a hike for me. The dentists around here claim that zirconia implants will crack and fracture–WHY won’t they try the CeraRoot implants???? My root canals have eventually led to EXTRACTIONS and I’m tired of dentist using “noble metal” inside porcelain crowns to re-cement on top of a shaved “real” molar. I wish these dentist would do more research on CeraRoot implants because the next biggest thing might be growing teeth as if our gums were like gardens. I intuitively believe that NO ONE should NOT have anything metallic in their bodies. It seems cheaper to go to Mexico or Canada or somewhere in California to do the CeraRoot implants but that’s TOOOO far for me. I wish Dr. Shumantov would do some lectures/training in Woodbridge, VA to educate some of the dentist here that CeraRoot implants are supposedly better and healthier for our gums. I don’t know WHY the ClearChoice Dental Implant Center I consulted with DOES NOT use CeraRoot dental implants yet. CeraRoot implants have been out since 2005! Are dentist trying to move out their titanium inventory first and not care about the patient or is it just a $ thing? I’m waiting for an EXPERIENCED DENTIST in WOODBRIDGE, VA to USE the CeraRoot implant system because I’m tired of dentists telling me that zirconium or ceramic is fragile and that it cracks under pressure. I haven’t heard any negative comments about CeraRoot implants so far. I’m just waiting for the dentist in my neighborhood to “see the light.”

  4. I like that you mentioned that some materials will corrode in the mouth. My father recently had a dental implant fall out. I think that we might have to ask his dentist about the material that they used for it.

  5. I am a very satisfied client of Excellence Dental in Rosarito. I live in California and I was looking for a biological dentist for me and my clients. I found Dr Khajavy to do my implants and I am very happy with the results, the price, and the care. Dr Amy treats you like family, not like a dollar sign! Dr Amy and her staff are very professional and caring….I love Dr Amy!

  6. hi, can u please recommend an awesome dentist who specializes in these implants and does exceptional work? i live in modesto california…also, it would be great if u could recommend a dental insurance or quite possibly a dentist who also does financing…thanks you so much

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