At one time, dental implants were only available as titanium implants. Unfortunately, that made this cosmetic dentistry solution inaccessible for the many people who have a metal allergy to titanium. Then came zirconium dental implants, a biocompatible and hypoallergenic ceramic material that assimilates seamlessly into the jaw bone.
Titanium dental implant sensitivity can present as itchiness or inflammation around the location of the implant. And this can lead to bone loss and, ultimately, a failed dental implant. For people who may be unaware that they even have a metal allergy, symptoms like these may not appear immediately, but biocompatibility testing can provide intelligence before having any sort of restorative dentistry completed. And relying on zirconium dental implants alone eliminates any potential of titanium allergy risk.
Different Types of Dental Implants
Whether you’re interested in a minimally invasive mini dental implant or a more complex titanium dental implant or zirconium dental implant, it’s important to discuss all the available dental implant options with your holistic dentist to determine what’s most compatible for your system. Zirconium implants are bioinert – the ideal tooth replacement solution for people who adhere to holistic health beliefs – and also don’t interfere with the movement of energy through the body’s meridians.
In our current culture, it seems that people have more allergies, immune deficiencies, and skin sensitivities than ever before, which makes it all the more important to undergo biocompatibility testing before undergoing a dental solution like the implantation of a dental implant. Any holistic dentist is likely to conduct biocompatibility testing to ensure that you receive dental care that will be kind to your overall health and well-being.
The Longevity of Zirconium Dental Implants
Dental implants are an excellent long-term option for replacing missing teeth. But whenever something foreign is placed inside your body, there is always the risk of an allergic reaction. The removal of a titanium implant is not easy, but it’s not just discomfort that a metal dental implant can create. Aesthetically, titanium implants may turn gums gray or show around the prosthetic attached to the implant, particularly in people who have thin gums or gum recession. Like non-mercury tooth fillings, zirconium dental implants are tooth colored, making them far more natural-looking.
Far better to err on the side of caution and choose a biocompatible material like zirconium that is corrosion resistant, will not trigger chemical reactions, does not conduct an electrical charge, and will not migrate to other parts of the body like the lymph nodes. The strength and durability of zirconium dental implants are remarkable, and can withstand serious chewing.
Schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Yolanda Cintron at Fort Lauderdale’s International Center for Dental Excellence to learn more about zirconium dental implants and biocompatibility testing so that you can get the restorative dentistry solution that’s right for you.