Ceramic dental implants for natural-looking smiles in Houston, TX
Since their introduction in the early 1980s, dental implants have become the preferred tooth replacement method for long-term results and health advantages. Today, Dr. Marilyn Jones offers a metal-free ceramic option for Houston, TX patients who want a body-friendly implant that blends beautifully into the smile.
Each of your natural teeth has roots that extend into the jawbone, with a symbiotic purpose. Roots stabilize teeth, so you can chew. Tooth roots also provide stimulation that keeps bone dense and strong. When a tooth root is missing, bone diminishes through a natural process of resorption.
A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. This small shaft is placed into the jawbone in a precisely-planned oral surgery. Over time, osseointegration occurs – bone fuses with the implant. The implant is topped with a dental crown, for a tooth that looks, feels, and functions like a natural one, while also preserving bone.
Ceramic dental implants benefit Houston, TX patients
In the past, dental implants were made of a titanium. Titanium metal can be neuroreactive & therefore not bio-compatible. A percentage of the population has an allergic reaction to titanium or other metals in the implant like nickel. Pieces of titanium oxide are said to have been found in the bodies of patients with titanium implants, in other words they get out and get into the bloodstream. Gum recession may occur because the tissue does not onto the titanium, and the gray cast under the tissue is the titanium implant showing through. Corrosion and electrical conduction can occur.
Zirconium oxide (ceramic) dental implants resolve these aesthetic issues, with additional advantages
- Superior biocompatibility – Reaction to this material is extremely rare.
- Strength is stronger than titanium – Ceramic implants are suitable for any area of the mouth.
- Tissue integration – Bone forms a solid connection with the implant.
- Reduced risk of complications – The design of a Zirkolith implant does not encourage oral bacteria. This reduces chance of developing gum disease at the site, and of peri-implantitis – deeper bacterial invasion that can cause the implant to fail.
- Easy crown replacement – Should the restoration wear or become damaged, it can be replaced without impact to the implant.