Zirconia Implants vs Titanium Implants: Which is Better?

When it comes to dental implants, patients often tend to get confused on whether to get zirconia implants or titanium implants. While the choice was simple until the 20th century, the advent of zirconia implants in 2007 has only put patients in a dilemma while getting dental implants. Titanium implants are still the most widely used dental implants. Zirconia implants on the other hand have not been in the market for too long to prove its worth against titanium implants, although the choice between the two could still be confusing. To get a brief overview of which implant is better than the other, let us delve deep into both the types.

Zirconia Implants:  

Zirconia is the crystal form of Zirconium. Upon converting Zirconium to Zirconia, it becomes a ceramic. This is the reasons why marketers tend to market it as being ‘metal-free’. The root, the abutment, and the crown come in one single piece. This means that the dentist cannot alter the implant according to the requirement of the patient. However, the ceramic, when given the color of a tooth, perfectly resembles a tooth. At present, there is lesser known about Zirconia implants than titanium implants, since the former has not been in the market for too long, compared to the latter.

Titanium Implants:

Titanium implants have been in the market since 1960’s, and hence, a lot is known about their effectiveness. These are made of alloys of aluminium, vanadium and nickel. It is known to have immense strength, which is why patients usually opt for it. However, some patients complain of being allergic to the metallic nature of the implant, which usually comes from the nickel content in it.

Since the above general comparison might not have helped you in choosing the better implant, let us compare the two, feature-by-feature!

Aesthetics of the Implants:

Titanium implants perfectly suit most of the patients. However, in some instances, patients complain of having a gray line along the ridge of the tooth. This issue is not associated with zirconia implants. This is mainly because of the metal-free nature of the implant. The ceramic material looks perfectly natural and the bright white color that it exhibits, is something that patients often prefer over the visible gray line from titanium implants.

Osseointegration:

Osseointegration refers to the compatibility between the bone and the implant. In this context, it is tough to differentiate the two types of implants. Both are highly bio-compatible, meaning that they flawlessly integrate with the adjacent bones and gums. Titanium implants have reportedly lasted for decades with patients, while zirconia implants have not been around for long enough, to study its longevity.

Strength:

In this context, titanium implants clearly win over zirconia implants. Titanium implants are immensely strong, resist fractures and have high flexural features. Although zirconia implants are fairly strong as well, they are prone to fractures due to low elasticity.

Ease:

Titanium implants are much easier to place than zirconia implants, primarily because of the fact that dentists have been practicing it for a longer period of time. Also, the fact that titanium implants come in two pieces, gives dentists more control over the implant. The same cannot be said for zirconia implants, which come in one single piece.

 

Therefore, titanium implants are clearly the overall winner, excelling in strength, ease and placement. While zirconia implants only outweigh titanium implants in aesthetics, and merely match titanium implants in terms of osseointegration, your choice still depends on which aspects of a dental implant you value the most!

 

 

Enter the Age of Dental Implants!

Ever known anyone who had a bad bicycle accident as a kid? Maybe got knocked in the mouth sliding into home plate or making the game-winning touchdown?

 

Whether an accident as a kid, an accident as an adult, improper hygiene, or because of any number of factors…people lose teeth. Sometimes the tooth was saved. Other times, the best method to fix the empty spot may have been a bridge or dentures.

 

Most people aren’t aware a single missing tooth can cause damage you can’t see or feel until it is too late. Yep.  Just one. That’s right, ONE.

 

A single missing tooth ultimately leads to shifting in each of your remaining teeth and can cause you to lose additional ones

needlessly. Most people with a missing side or back tooth say to themselves, “I can’t see it. It doesn’t hurt. I’ll leave it like that.”

 

The result? Your smile changes for the worse. This can cause headaches, jaw joint pain, broken teeth and teeth that wear too fast.

 

But THOSE DAYS ARE OVER! Enter the Age of Dental Implants!

 

Dental Implants allow denture wearers and those suffering from other severe dental problems to have new solid teeth implanted.  This step allows you to chew, laugh, and smile again like you did with your own teeth.

dental implant with crown
dental implant with crown

 

Imagine a return to the freedom to smile, laugh at will, and enjoy a quality of life that you felt was gone forever. Dental implants get you back to living life to the fullest in as little time as possible.

 

Finally, your jaw will not be shifting which can cause those other issues discussed above.

 

This means that your implants will look exactly like natural teeth. With good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing when you’re supposed to), the implant(s) can literally last a lifetime!

 

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? The Smart Patient’s Guide to Wisdom Teeth, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for further information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587 317 7713 or click here to visit our website.

Stem Cell Teeth Coming…But Implants are Here Now – Part 2  

As shared in Part 1, there are tests going on to develop replacement teeth using stem cells. This does look promising, however, it’s not here yet.

 

In the meantime, implants are here and available now. Let’s continue to look at the next 5 reasons you should consider this option if you’re facing having to replace missing teeth.

 

And, are you even sure you’re someone who can have implants as part of your dental treatment?

 

Q:  What are the next 5 benefits of choosing implants?

 

It goes without saying, in addition to the fear of having dentures fail or fall out on you, the security of the dental implants staying in place continues to be the most important benefit.

But just for good measure…here are 5 more!

  1. Your mouth will be restored as closely as possible to its natural state. By replacing the entire tooth, as well as the tooth root, it’s possible to replicate the function of natural teeth. The implant has a strong, stable foundation that allows comfortable biting and chewing. Also, nothing in the in the mouth looks or feels false or artificial!

 

  1. You will be able to taste foods more fully. Wearing an upper denture may prevent you from really tasting food, as the roof of the mouth is covered. With implants, it’s not necessary to cover the roof of the mouth, so it’s possible to enjoy tasting your food.

 

  1. Improves overall oral health and decreases the risk of oral cancer and heart disease. It’s much easier to care for implants versus dentures that are attached to remaining teeth. Your chances of bacteria build up, and gum disease decreases when you have implants lowering your risks for other issues. Keeping regular checkups will help with early detection for oral cancer.

 

  1. Implants hold in dentures
    Implants hold in dentures

    Eliminate Denture Adhesives FOREVER!

Since implant supported teeth are securely attached to the implant posts, there is no need for messy dentures adhesives.

 

 

 

  1. Your other teeth will not be affected because of missing teeth. Since replacing missing teeth with implants do not involve your natural teeth, the adjacent teeth are not compromised or damaged. For example, when you wear a partial denture, there are clamps that hook onto adjacent teeth. Those clamps put pressure on them and, over time, may cause them to loosen and come out. Bridges require grinding down of the adjacent teeth, so the bridge can be cemented on them.

 

Q: Am I a candidate for dental implant treatment?

 

A:  Almost everyone who is missing one or more teeth and is in general good health is a candidate for dental implant treatment. There are few medical conditions that can undermine the success of implant treatment. One such condition would be uncontrolled diabetes. But, in general, there are few conditions that would prevent your from having implant treatment.

 

Quality and quantity of available bone for implant placement is more often a factor in qualifying for dental implants than medical conditions. However, even people who have lost a significant amount of bone can qualify for dental implant treatment with additional procedures to add bone or create new bone. Advances in this type of treatment have made it possible for thousands of patients, who would not previously have been considered candidates, to have successful implant procedures.

 

The only way you’ll know for sure if you are one who can have implants, is to see your dentist and find out!

 

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? The Smart Patient’s Guide to Wisdom Teeth, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for further information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587 317 7713 or click here to visit our website.

Stem Cell Teeth Coming…But Implants are Here Now – Part 1   

In a study published by the Journal of Dental Research, Dr. Jeremy Moa found stem cells have the ability to regenerate teeth. The main consideration is finding a cost-effective approach for patients who either can’t afford or aren’t good candidates for implants.

 

Of course, growing the teeth is the first step. Next is getting your mouth, more specifically the socket, to accept the homing stem cells and natural materials when they’re placed in the empty spot.

 

While this is showing promise of being a way to fill in the gaps of missing teeth, there is good news right now.

The good news is, you don’t have to wait for technology to catch up if you need a new smile now! Dental implants have changed thousands of smiles.

 

Here are a few of the most common asked questions regarding dental implants:

 

Q: What are Dental Implants?

 

A:  The dental implants used by most dentists and dental specialists are root-form implants, which basically means that they are replacement, or substitute tooth roots, used to replace natural tooth roots in areas of the mouth where teeth are missing. Since it replaces the tooth root, it creates the stability needed to have much stronger teeth that stay in place and don’t move around.

 

Q: What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

 

A: While there are many benefits to having implants, here are the first 6:

 

root implant
root implant
  1. Prevents Bone Loss – Preventing bone reabsorption that would normally occur with the loss of teeth, your facial structure remains intact. This is especially important when all of the teeth are missing. The lower one-third of the face collapses if implants are not placed to preserve the bone and replace the missing teeth.

 

  1. Overall quality of life is enhanced with replacement teeth that look, feel and function more like natural teeth. You will look younger and more attractive which allows you to be even more confident and enjoy smiling, laughing, and talking with others.

 

  1. You can now live longer, because you’ll get to eat better and prevent malnutrition or stomach problems! Fresh vegetables and fruits are back on the menu! You can now eat the foods you like. Also, since your chewing is improved, your digestion will be even better as well!

 

  1. Increases the amount of enjoyment you get out of eating. There’s always that horrible fear of picturing yourself at a fancy restaurant, taking a bite of bread. Instead of the bread breaking off in your mouth…your dentures create a death grip and come out with the bread! How embarrassing is that?? Don’t give it a second thought. Eat and enjoy anything you want.

 

  1. Creates more confidence in social situations. You’ll love your new implants, because of their improved appearance, function, comfort and added health benefits.

 

  1. Allows you to relax and not worry about your dentures. No more moving around, clicking or gagging you. You’ll never fear your dentures flying out when you laugh, sneeze, cough, or eat. Implants are so securely attached that the fear of them falling out will be eliminated!

 

You’ll be pleased to know there are more benefits coming in the next blog post. You won’t want to miss those!

 

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? THE SMART CONSUMER’S GUIDE TO Implant Dentistry  is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for further information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587 317 7713 or click here to visit our website.

What Might You Have In Common With 3 Million People? 

Here are some interesting facts you might enjoy knowing about dental implants. (yes, they do exist!)

  • In 1951, a small group of dentists who were successfully placing dental implants formed the AAID – American Academy of Implant Dentistry. They wanted to share their knowledge on the practice of implantology.
  • AAID is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to advancing implant dentistry.

    P.I. Branemark
    P.I. Branemark
  • In 1952, Swedish orthopedic surgeon, P.I. Branemark, discovered that titanium naturally fuses with bone. Originally, he was using this with regards to knees and hips but eventually switched his research focus to the mouth.
  • 3 million people in the United States have implants, a number that is growing by 500,000 annually. Canada is at 200,000 and growing at 14% each year!

If you’re open to fixing your broken or missing teeth, why not join the growing number of people who already have dental implants? Replacing missing teeth with dental implants is the best way to improve the health and appearance of your smile.

 

Just imagine smiling confidently again when someone snaps a picture. Or knowing when people meet you for the first time your smile stands out for the right reasons. Being part of the 3 million in this case is a good thing!

P.I. Branemark

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? The Smart Patient’s Guide to Wisdom Teeth, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for further information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587 317 7713 or click here to visit our website.