The quality of a dental implant is usually judged on the basis of osseointegration, i.e., the ability of the bone tissues to fuse with the implant surface. Once a dental implant is placed, the human body initiates the osseointegration process whereby the natural bone tissues fuse with the titanium or ceramic implant surface, making the dental implant an integrated part of the dental anatomy.
This article investigates the importance of soft-tissue adaptation (biointegration) for dental implants, oral health, and overall health. We also discuss how zirconia implants are better capable of ensuring soft-tissue adaptation than titanium implants.
The negative effects of insufficient soft-tissue adaptation on oral health and overall health
The necessity of optimal soft-tissue adaptation must be emphasized. Unwanted pathogenic bacteria can pass through the tiniest of micro-openings on the gum tissues, leading to a high risk of gum disease and other health conditions. If the dental implant doesn’t maintain a strong, soft tissue connection, bacteria can pass through the epithelial barrier, infect the inner tissues, and reach the bloodstream, from which they can pass to other parts of the body. As such, insufficient soft-tissue adaptation can negatively affect dental implant health, oral health, and overall health.
1. Peri-Implant Complications & Implant Failure
2. Overall Health Complications
Why titanium implants have a higher risk of peri-implant complications
Zirconia implants ensure optimal soft-tissue adaptation
Zirconia implants are ideally suited to negate the risks posed by titanium implants. Recent studies have shown that ceramic implants provide similar levels of osseointegration as titanium implants, but they promise superior soft tissue adaptation. Dentists who place ceramic implants marvel at the implant’s ability to create optimal “Soft Tissue Seal,” ensuring harmful bacteria won’t invade the inner tissues of the body. Below, we highlight the three key features of zirconia implants that ensure optimal soft-tissue adaptation (biointegration).
1. Bioinert & Plaque-Resistant
2. Optimal Soft Tissue Seal
3. No Micro-Gaps
Most of the implant systems on the market feature metal screw-retained connections between the abutment and implant. But some zirconia implants consist of a cemented high-tech glass fiber post, which eliminates the micro-gaps present in screw-retained systems. As such, zirconia Impalnts with cemented posts further eliminate the risk of bacterial invasion at the implant-abutment interface.
Ceramic implants are widely considered the new gold standard for dental implants, especially since they go beyond osseointegration into the realm of perfect biointegration. If you’re looking for safe, healthy long-term dental implants, you should consider talking to your dentist about zirconia implants.
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