For many years, titanium dental implants have been the most popular and widely utilized type of dental implant. However, in recent years, a newer type of dental implant has begun its rise in popularity – ceramic (zirconia) dental implants. This metal-free alternative is offered by Dr. Olivia Hart and the team at Virginia Biological Dentistry in Glen Allen, Virginia, to patients seeking a biocompatible option for tooth replacement. Ceramic dental implants are becoming more and more popular among patients that look for biocompatible alternatives or do not want titanium implants. Once ceramic implants are placed and restored with ceramic crowns routine professional cleanings are imperative.
We offer a specialized cleaning utilizing a technology and treatment, known as the AIRFLOW®. This is an innovative method of teeth cleaning which uses naturally derived xylitol and oxygenated water. The technology uses kinetic energy to project a stream of controlled, high-pressure air, warm ozonated water, and a powder form of xylitol. We only use high-tech Erythritol based powder that is specifically effective in removing Biofilm – a sticky film of bad bacteria and other harmful microorganisms; young calculus; surface stains; plaque; tartar; or food deposits, basically anything that should NOT be on your teeth! This minimally invasive treatment can remove these harmful elements from multiple surfaces, including enamel, soft tissue, dentine, restorations, and are especially useful under the gums, where the ceramic implant lies. The hygiene appointments are critical to long-term care of all of your teeth, especially the ceramic implants.
While natural teeth have a tight seal at the gumline, a dental implant circles a smidge looser, meaning food particles could get stuck at the gumline more easily. We recommend using an electric toothbrush with a non-abrasive toothpaste to ensure that your ceramic crown and gums are not abraded. Using a waterpik device is the ideal way to care for the gums surrounding the implant. We recommend using the waterpik daily, on the highest setting, once you feel comfortable using it. The waterpik irrigates underneath the gums, and around the implant, flushing out any food particles and plaque, which can cause inflammation and infection. You may add warm water to the waterpik, and a teaspoon of mouthwash, such as Stellalife or PerioClear, both of which are available at our practice.