Losing a tooth is more than an inconvenience – it can cause issues with how you eat, how you speak, and perhaps most importantly, your self-confidence. At Virginia Biological Dentistry in Glen Allen, VA we understand how difficult it can be to choose a tooth replacement option after losing a tooth to extraction, trauma, decay, or disease. Ceramic implants are one of the most common choices for replacing lost teeth at our biological dental practice, and for good reason. Ceramic implants are the best substitute for a natural tooth, and with the use of biocompatible materials and biological treatment processes rather than metals, the tooth replacement process will not take a toll on your health.
Often considered the “gold standard” of tooth replacement options, Ceramic implants are used to mimic the function of a natural tooth root. The implant is surgically placed in your jaw, where it then actually fuses with your jawbone in a process called “osseointegration.” The result is a strong, firm foundation for a replacement tooth to be placed on top. With a ceramic implant, you don’t need to worry about avoiding certain foods or taking care of it any differently than your natural teeth. Even better, when you take care of your oral health, implants can last for the rest of your lifetime.
When it comes to dental restoration materials, not everything is created equal! For many years, titanium was the primary material used in ceramic implants. However, titanium can cause a series of negative reactions in the body, from allergies to inflammation, and can also lead to negative aesthetic effects such as graying of your gums in the treatment area. If you already have other metal restorations in your mouth, such as amalgam fillings, the titanium from an implant can also interact with that metal restoration and cause “galvanic toxicity,” which creates unpleasant symptoms such as insomnia, brain overstimulation, the taste of metal in your mouth, or feelings of itchiness or inflammation. Research has also shown that exposure to metal, and specifically metal implants, can be a contributing factor in the development of autoimmune disease.
For patients seeking a more natural option but who want the stability and function of a ceramic implant, zirconia implants are a great option. Zirconia has many benefits, including:
Another important component of the placement of a ceramic implant is the treatment process itself. As a biological dentist, Dr. Hart aims to minimize the negative side effects of the treatment process while harnessing your body’s natural healing processes. The human body is built with seemingly endless ways to recover and heal on its own, and with biological dental methods, we are able to utilize those natural processes to expedite your recovery. With the aid of homeopathic treatments, lasers, and other tools to help minimize the stress that the implant procedure places on your body, you can heal more rapidly and get back to your normal life as soon as possible after treatment.
If you have lost a tooth or are facing an extraction, we can help guide you in the process of choosing the tooth replacement option that is best for your individual situation. Many factors go into making the best choice for you, including your overall oral health, the quality of your jawbone, the health of the surrounding teeth, and your budget. We are here to answer all your questions and help restore your smile back to its original appearance and function.
Dr. Olivia Hart is the only Glen Allen, VA dentist that takes a precautionary approach when it comes to metal implants and instead offers zirconia implants to her patients. Call us today to schedule an appointment at our Glen Allen, VA office! Our number is (804) 381-6238.