Zirconia ceramic implants are an innovative type of dental implant made from a durable non-metal material called zirconia. These implants are placed beneath the gum line and fuse with the jawbone to provide a sturdy foundation for tooth replacement.
Ideal Candidates for Zirconia Ceramic Implants
All patients looking to get dental implants must have a healthy mouth and supportive jawbone to get implants. Candidates who are suitable for zirconia ceramic implants are individuals with
- missing teeth
- healthy gums (or becoming healthy gums)
- sufficient bone to support the implant
Once these three pieces of criteria are met, our restorative dentists will be able to begin the dental implant process that gives you an amazing new smile.
Benefits of Zirconia Implants
Opting for zirconia ceramic implants brings several advantages. Patients who receive this type of restorative service can expect
- Improvements to their overall health
- enhanced chewing efficiency
- A beautiful and natural-looking smile.
Cost of Zirconia Ceramic Implant Treatment
While zirconia ceramic implant treatment typically incurs higher costs compared to traditional implants, the long-term benefits may outweigh the initial investment.
Patients pursuing this type of material for dental implants might not need to fully pay out of pocket either. Some dental insurance plans might cover part of this restorative service and sturdy material for your new smile.
When you cannot fully pay for your new dental implants up-front, we can provide financing options that allow you to still get your new smile now.
Recovery Time and Considerations
Recovering from zirconia ceramic implant treatment generally involves about the same time frame compared to traditional titanium implants, with a reduced risk of infection and complications.
The recovery timeline for dental implants can vary depending on several factors, including the individual’s overall health, the number of implants placed, and the specific circumstances of the case. However, here is a general timeline that may help you understand the typical stages of recovery:
Initial healing (1-2 weeks): After the implant surgery, you may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising around the implant site. During this time, it’s important to follow your dentist’s post-operative instructions, including taking any prescribed pain medications and using ice packs to reduce swelling.
Osseointegration (2-6 months): This is a crucial phase during which the dental implant fuses with the surrounding bone tissue. It usually takes several months for osseointegration to occur, as the bone needs time to grow and bond with the implant. During this period, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene, follow a soft food diet, and avoid putting excessive pressure on the implant site.
Placement of the abutment (2-4 weeks after osseointegration): Once the implant has successfully integrated with the jawbone, your dentist will attach an abutment—a small connector piece—to the implant. This step requires minor surgery or a simple procedure to expose the implant and place the abutment. After the abutment placement, you will need to wait for a couple of weeks for the gums to heal around the abutment.
Restorative phase (2-4 weeks after abutment placement): After the gums have healed, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create a custom-made dental crown, bridge, or denture, depending on your specific case. The dental laboratory will fabricate the final restoration, which can take a couple of weeks. Once the restoration is ready, your dentist will securely attach it to the abutment, completing the dental implant process.
It’s important to note that this timeline is a general guideline, and your actual recovery may differ. Our dentist will provide you with personalized instructions and follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and ensure the successful integration of the dental implant.
Determining Suitability for Zirconia Ceramic Implants
If you are considering dental implants, discussing the suitability of zirconia ceramic implants with your dentist is crucial. By exploring all your options, you can make an informed decision that best aligns with your oral health needs.
If you’re ready to pursue ceramic implants or another cosmetic service with Today’s Dentistry, contact our office for your free consultation now.