Dental implants are one of the most frequently talked-about methods of replacing teeth—the stability of a titanium post implanted into the jaw makes dental implants capable of an incredible amount of strength.

If you have a metal allergy and you need to replace a tooth, you might feel like you’re missing out on this incredible method of replacing teeth. You may be interested to learn that there are metal-free dental implants that can be effective for patients who can’t afford to use metal. Here’s what you should know about zirconia dental implants.

Why Dental Implants are Problematic For People With Metal Allergies

As was mentioned previously, dental implants are typically made of titanium alloy. If you have an allergy to one of the metals in this alloy, you may experience inflammation or a rash surrounding your dental implant.

It’s worth noting that this is fairly rare. However, if you’ve had negative reactions to metals in the past, this is something you should probably consider.

How Zirconia Dental Implants Work

Zirconia is a tough, tooth-colored ceramic that is used often in dentistry. Zirconia implants contain no metal, so even people with pretty significant metal allergies shouldn’t have to worry about reactions to this substance.

While zirconia may not be exactly as strong as metal, it is an unbelievably tough substance that produces consistently high-quality implants. They also look the same as any other implant from the outside, meaning that you can get the same great results without metal as you can with it.

Benefits of Zirconia Implants

Not only are the results that Zirconia gives you just as good as other implants, but in some ways they’re arguably better. Zirconia is a naturally hygienic substance, which means that you’re likely to see a little bit less plaque buildup than you would with a regular implant.

Titanium can also corrode over time, just like any other metal. While this accounts for a very low percentage of dental implant failures, it’s nice not to have to worry about this when it comes to zirconia implants. Finally, while the metal in a dental implant should be entirely below the gumline, it’s possible for the gums to heavily recede and expose the metal. Zirconia is tooth-colored all the way through.

If you have a metal allergy, and even if you don’t, zirconia dental implants can be an excellent way to fill the gaps in your smile.

About Our Practice

When you come to Oyler Family Dentistry with a problem, we don’t just give you a one-size-fits-all treatment. We understand that you have needs distinct from any other patient, which is why we’ll go out of our way to tailor your treatment to you. If you want dentistry that is personal and comfortable, we’d be happy to help you.

If you have any questions about dental implants, we can be reached at our website or by phone at (812) 221-1014.

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