“ZIRCONIA IS NOT A METAL!” - Repost from @profmarkusblatz instagram account
Renowned dental expert Prof. Markus Blatz recently took to Instagram to shed light on a common misconception: ZIRCONIA IS NOT A METAL.
Let us talk about this misconception and explore the reasons why zirconia ceramic implants are biocompatible, non-toxic, and a popular alternative to titanium implants. Furthermore, we will delve into the aesthetic advantages and biocompatibility of Zeramex ceramic implants, which are made from Zirconia.
Photos grabbed from Prof. Dr. Markus Blatz' instagram account
Yes, I know that you, my dear friends, know that! However, not a days goes by that I come across someone who does not know and wants to argue with me over this FACT!
There are distinct differences between metals and ceramics that have a DIRECT IMPACT on CLINICAL behavior and success! If we don’t understand that, patients will suffer and we blame “the material” for the wrong choices we made…
– Prof. Markus Blatz
For far too long, zirconia has been mistakenly categorized as a metal due to its metallic appearance and durability. However, zirconia is, in fact, a type of ceramic material. It is a crystalline oxide of the metal zirconium (ZrO2) and is highly prized for its exceptional strength, aesthetics, and biocompatibility.
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Why Zirconia Ceramic Implants are Biocompatible and Non-Toxic
One of the key advantages of zirconia ceramic implants is their excellent biocompatibility. When compared to traditional titanium implants, zirconia offers several benefits. Firstly, zirconia is considered hypoallergenic, making it an ideal choice for patients with metal sensitivities or allergies. Unlike titanium, zirconia does not trigger adverse reactions in the body, ensuring a more comfortable and stress-free dental implant experience.
Moreover, zirconia ceramic implants exhibit remarkable resistance to corrosion and plaque accumulation. This reduces the risk of peri-implantitis, a condition characterized by inflammation and infection around dental implants. Zirconia’s non-porous surface impedes the adherence of harmful bacteria, thus promoting healthier gums and preserving the overall longevity of the implant.
The Aesthetic Advantage of Zirconia Ceramic Implants
Aside from their biocompatibility, zirconia ceramic implants offer superior aesthetics compared to traditional titanium implants. Zirconia closely resembles the natural color and translucency of teeth, enabling a seamless blend with the patient’s existing dentition. This aesthetic advantage makes zirconia implants particularly popular in the anterior region, where a natural-looking smile is crucial.
Zeramex Ceramic Implants: Metal-Free, Biocompatible, and Aesthetic
Among the various zirconia ceramic implant systems available, Zeramex stands out as a trusted name. Zeramex implants are crafted from high-quality zirconia, providing patients with a metal-free alternative that offers exceptional biocompatibility, strength, and esthetics. Zeramex ceramic implants boast a one-piece design, eliminating the need for metallic abutments and potential biocompatibility concerns associated with mixed material systems. The monolithic zirconia construction ensures a seamless, durable, and long-lasting implant solution that mimics the natural dentition in both form and function.
ABOUT ZERAMEX® XT
ZERAMEX®XT has a tapered design allowing optimal primary stability. The internal connection has been specifically engineered to maximize the strength of rigid zirconia and eliminate any lateral forces on zirconia.
The precise fitting components offer variable placement close to bone level for enhanced restorative margin. The heart of the connection is the VICARBO® screw. Comprised of many individual threads of carbon fiber that run vertically, uncut down the length of the screw to durably absorb the tensile forces and give the VICARBO® screw its exceptionally high strength.