When you lose a tooth, your dentist will be the first to stress the importance of replacing it. Replacing a lost tooth will prevent several oral health problems from developing in the future. Dentists in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area view dental implants as one of the best ways to replace a missing tooth. Once you decide that a dental implant is right for you, the material which makes up the implant will be your next decision. Titanium implants are a very popular choice of many dentists and oral surgeons, but one metal-free alternative that is gaining in popularity is the zirconia dental implant. Dr. Yolanda Cintron and the team at Go Natural Dentistry offer this non-metal alternative to patients for its many benefits over titanium implants. If you are currently weighing your options, continue reading so that you will be able to make a well-informed decision.
Titanium dental implants are made from a titanium alloy and are not 100% titanium. This type of dental implant is known for its strength and durability. Titanium alloy dental implants are also compatible with the human body, with adverse reactions being pretty rare.
However, if you are looking for a 100% metal-free option, a zirconia dental implant (also called a ceramic implant) is a great option. Zirconia implants are a relatively new dental implant option, so you may not have heard of this option before. Zirconia implants are also known for being strong and durable, but the main difference is that they are metal-free, making them a popular choice among patients who are hesitant to have metal put into their bodies.
It has been found that a titanium implant will last anywhere from 25-30 years (and often even longer). However, because zirconia implants are much newer than titanium implants, there is not enough data yet to determine the average lifespan of a zirconia implant. The lifespan is predicted to be similar, but no hard data is yet to support this.
When it comes to esthetics, many patients prefer zirconia implants over titanium. Because zirconia implants are white, you will not see them through the gums like with gray titanium implants. It is essential to understand that, in most cases, as long as a titanium implant is placed correctly, you should not see the gray of the titanium implant either.
Both titanium and zirconia are safe as both are biocompatible, and titanium rarely causes any allergic or adverse reactions. However, if you have metal allergies or dislike the idea of metal in your body, a zirconia implant may be the better choice.
Dr. Yolanda Cintron's passion for cellular biology and chemistry led her to join The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, where she learned about the safe removal of toxic substances and the body's response to dental materials. She believes that she's God's instrument to get you healthy.
Dr. Cintron graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1987 and has gained over 27 years of expertise and 15 years of experience in oral implantology ever since. She is an IV Sedation credentialed and a recognized physician who is a member of several recognized organizations. As a lifelong learner, Dr. Cintron constantly seeks new knowledge and techniques to provide her patients with the most innovative and effective treatments.
Dr. Cintron's patient-centered approach to care means that she puts the needs and well-being of her patients above all else. With her expertise and compassion, she provides the best care possible and strives to help her patients achieve maximum health and wellness. She has cared for hundreds of satisfied patients and looks forward to meeting all your requirements while keeping your trust in safe hands.