Ceramic Dental Implants, also known as Zirconia Dental Implants are the latest addition to dental implant therapy.
Zirconia _(ceramic) is a very hard material that has great strength. Because of its high bio-compatibility, it has been used in medical (auditory, finger and hip prostheses) as well as dentistry (posts, crown and bridge restorations, implants, implant abutments) over 20 years with good success. Zirconia has similar colour to teeth and is biocompatible, making it an alternative material in dentistry. With the search for alternative implant materials, it was discovered that zirconia can also fuse to bone (osseointegrate), much like titanium. It was first approved for use in Europe in 2008 and in Canada in 2013.
Both materials can integrate with bone with equal success provided certain protocols are followed.
All-ceramic implants are shaped and colored like a tooth root to simulate a natural look. It is a good option for patients who express their explicit wish for a metal-free alternative.