Not very long ago, tooth loss was treated in one of two
ways: either with a dental bridge or with dentures. Dentures, as anyone who has
worn them knows, can be very uncomfortable and, in some cases, not very
functional. Bridges, used for the replacement of one or a few teeth, may not
feel completely natural and require the alteration of healthy teeth for
Over the past few decades, we have seen great things come of
tooth replacement using an innovative technique. Dental implants have paved
the way for millions of people to restore confidence in their smile. Implants
are tiny posts that are placed into the jawbone. Once healed and fully
stabilized, the implant can hold a crown, bridge, or full denture (when
multiple implants are placed).
The material most often used to make dental implants is
titanium. This metal is also commonly used in hip replacement surgeries so it has
widely been considered safe for use in the mouth. The problem with titanium is
that acidity causes this metal to corrode. Corrosion is hastened when
dissimilar metals are also present, which is often the case in the mouth due to
amalgam fillings or metal crowns.
We are proud to offer our patients an alternative to
titanium with Zirkolith zirconia implants.
Zirconia implants are not necessarily new. They have been
used around the world for more than a decade and were approved by the FDA twelve
years ago. The clinical research and practical application of Zirkolith
implants have returned very positive results.
Finally, patients have a healthy, attractive way to replace
missing teeth. More than that, they have a way to restore their lifestyle by
removing inhibitions surrounding meals and speaking.
One of the benefits of zirconia dental implants is that they
are white in color. This means the implant posts will look just like tooth
material or natural bone. Zirconia is also gentle to tissues as it encourages
soft tissue growth. This encouragement of soft tissue growth is a key element
to longevity, as it decreases the risk of gum recession.
Because zirconia is a metal-free derivative of zirconium,
Zirkolith dental implants do not have the same issue with corrosion as is seen
with titanium. This means patients have a healthier mouth and the opportunity
to enjoy lasting results from tooth replacement.
Our team is committed to providing healthy dentistry that
achieves beautiful, long lasting results. Each of our patients receives
individual care because we believe this is the best way to promote health and
wellbeing. Learn more about dental implant treatment with zirconia implants
when you visit our Brookline dental office.