What Is The Best Type Of Material For Dental Implants? Porcelain Vs. Zirconia

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Advancements in medicine and technology have allowed us to explore various options in terms of dental implant materials. Whether you are looking at veneer teeth implants or full crowns, there are several options available to you, but how do you choose?

At The Dental Lounge, we pride ourselves on offering detailed and passionate guidance to our patients and want to encourage them to consider their options carefully before committing to zirconia dental implants over porcelain dental implants.

What Are The Facts About Zirconia Implants

Zirconia implants were developed to address the need for an alternative to titanium in implantology. While zirconia has been successfully used over the last few years, it does not come without drawbacks. While it offers a certain level of biocompatibility and even a likeness to the look of natural teeth, the concern around technical failure in terms of fracturing is critical to note. There are some drawbacks to the material’s limitations.

While the system has been developed from a single-piece implant system to a two-piece system, there are still many questions around the reliability and strength of these implants. Clinical studies and future technical developments may successfully address the issues with zirconia, but the evidence of it being a fail-safe choice is still incomplete.

As to the tangible drawbacks of zirconia, we note that it is not able to mimic a natural enough look due to its opaque appearance. Monolithic zirconia crowns (made from only zirconia) are especially disappointing in this regard. Another hesitancy regarding zirconia is the potential wear and tear or damage that the hardness of the material can cause to the natural teeth.

Porcelain Implants Offer A Superior Experience

If you want a dental implant that will offer you an exceptional and superior level of color customization, porcelain is the way to go. Not only does porcelain offer a higher likeness to the look of natural teeth, but it is a healthier and more durable material. Porcelain crowns offer a long lifespan of approximately 15 years (care and situation-dependent) and remain aesthetically pleasing due to their resistance to staining and discoloration.

Apart from being considered the best choice in terms of natural restoration of the teeth, porcelain offers a more realistic and aesthetically pleasing look through the material’s translucent nature that reacts to light, much like natural teeth do. There is a reason porcelain has been the long-trusted standard within the dental industry – there is no other material that does the job quite so effectively. Just like your natural teeth, you want a strong yet not too abrasive material, naturally colored and translucent (not opaque), and conducive to the procedures needed, i.e., it won’t fracture the way that is needed zirconia has been shown to.

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At The Dental Lounge, we are committed to our craft, and we are proud to assist our patients in an environment where they feel safe and heard. If you would like to find out more about the suitability of porcelain dental implants for your needs, or if you would like to address any other queries, please feel free to contact us at (954) 686 5729. If you would like to request an appointment, feel free to do so online here.

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