DENTAL IMPLANTS – ZIRCONIUM OR TITANIUM?
There are many different types of dental implants on the market. It’s no wonder you can get lost in the jungle of names and specifications. In the meantime, the simplest way to categorise them is by the material they are made from: zirconia implants and titanium implants. Which one is better? Which one to choose? We are already answering.
ZIRCONIA (CERAMIC) IMPLANTS
A tooth implant made of zirconium oxide is ivory in colour, so it will remain invisible even when the patient’s gums slip. Zirconia is durable and integrates perfectly into natural tissues. However, it has been used in dentistry for less time than titanium. What is more, zirconium implants are less stable, that is why in STENCEL STOMATOLOGY we chose titanium implants.
Since a titanium implant has a grey tinge, it may be visible when the gums slip. However, such situations are rare! Taking this into account and the fact that titanium is an extremely durable, biocompatible material which integrates quickly into the bone and provides the highest stability – the winner for us is obvious. If you want an implant which will serve you for many years and perfectly fulfil the functions of a natural tooth, it is a titanium implant!
AESTHETICS ON A TITANIUM SCREW
Placing a titanium implant does not exclude the possibility of achieving high aesthetics of the implant-supported restoration, thanks to the possibility of making individual abutments. In order to avoid blue discolouration of the gingival pocket in case of gingival descent, aesthetic zirconium or anodised abutments are used in the implant-supported restoration.
WHAT IS A DENTAL ABUTMENT?
There are three parts to a dental implant – a titanium screw, an abutment and a crown. The titanium screw replaces the root of the tooth and holds the entire prosthetic restoration. The crown is the part visible in the patient’s mouth. The abutment is the part that connects the implant to the crown. In our office we offer three types of abutments.
Standard – titanium – grey in colour
IIndividual – zirconium – white in colour and anodised – gold in colour
In our clinics we use dental implants of two renowned brands:
All components of the implant system are guaranteed to be available for life by the manufacturer. What does this mean for you? If any abnormalities or damage occurs, you can easily replace the components with new ones! Ankylos has been used in dentistry for more than 30 years and many studies have been conducted during that time to confirm its effectiveness.
The microstructure of the implant favourably influences the bone-forming process, which improves stability and creates support for soft tissues. It is the system preferred by our specialists in case of implantations with the necessity to rebuild bone tissue with the use of bone substitute biomaterials. What exactly is it about? From about 6 months after tooth extraction the process of bone atrophy of the alveolar process begins, which in case of long-term absence makes it impossible to place an implant. In our clinic we are able to propose a number of surgical procedures which allow the regeneration of the bone and do not exclude the patient from the possibility of reconstruction of the deficiency with the use of implants.
The ICX implant system is extremely durable and was developed according to German-Swiss know-how. It uses a precise conical connection between the abutment and the implant, which guarantees micro-tightness and prevents inflammatory conditions. Thanks to the switching technology, the tissues located around the implant are not subject to mechanical irritations and those caused by bacteria. Micro-threading ensures better distribution of the stresses and strains to which the teeth are subjected every day.
TYPES OF IMPLANTS – A DIFFICULT CHOICE?
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are the best available solution. An implant recreates all the functions and looks like a natural tooth and is much more durable than it. If you opt for a dental bridge, you accept the risk of bone loss in its place. However, if you choose an implant instead of a bridge, you can be sure that such a situation will not occur! Implantation is an investment in health for many years!
Dental implants are suitable not only for replacing one or more teeth. In case of toothlessness we can base a prosthetic structure on them – a fixed or removable prosthesis. Implant-supported dentures provide maximum comfort – there is no risk of something coming loose and causing an awkward situation, e.g. during a dinner with friends.
Depending on your needs and anatomical conditions, we select the type of dental implant that is best for you! In implantology an individual approach is extremely important, therefore we provide detailed information after the diagnostic procedure, including computed tomography. Then we know what we can offer you to make sure your dental treatment is effective and meets all your expectations.
Instead of searching on Google for information about which types of implants are best, it is best to ask a specialist. We invite you to a consultation with an implantologist who will answer your questions quickly, reliably and specifically. Thanks to this, it will be easier for you to make a decision about the treatment.