Dr. Barron explains that while he still provides titanium implants to his patients that request them, he would rather make the move to Zirconia implants entirely.
Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) January 28, 2013
Now the trend is coming home and American doctors are beginning to recommend ceramic implants to their patients as opposed to their metallic counterparts. One of those doctors is Dr. Barron of Brilliant Smiles Bellevue.
Dr. Barron explains, “While I still provide titanium implants to patients that request them, I would rather make the move to Zirconia implants entirely. I feel that ceramic implants will soon overtake titanium as the industry standard. As ceramic implants are more aesthetically pleasing, they are easy to clean and they are far more bioavailable than titanium.”
Ceramic implants are fast becoming the industry standard in Europe and it appears that the trend could soon continue across the pond here in the U.S. For years, implantologists have recommended titanium implants to their patients. The strong and lightweight material acts as an anchor whereby a crown can then be placed, thereby restoring the patient’s smile. However in Europe and other places around the world, studies are being conducted on titanium implants that show that they may not be the healthiest alternative everyone hoped they would be. According to these studies, which have contributed to many implantologists adopting the Zirconia implants over their metallic counterparts, titanium and/or metal sensitivity may be contributing to a number of health issues. While symptoms are rare, the issue is enough of a concern to cause Europe to nearly abandon titanium implants altogether and analysts expect the trend to continue here in the states in the coming years.
Bioavailability and Aesthetics Are Important to Patients
The European studies and clinical trials are uncovering more interesting data on top of the metallic-sensitivity issue. Ceramic implants, which are comprised of Zirconium Oxide (the same high-tech material used in the modern day space shuttle), look more aesthetically pleasing and they seem to be more bioavailable. That is, human tissue doesn’t seem to mind the invasion of ceramic into the mouth’s natural environment. The same cannot be said for titanium. Many implantologists have to contend with their patients developing peri-implantitis due to the tissue pulling away from the titanium implant, which then causes the threads to become exposed whereby bacteria can thrive.
Ceramic implants look more like natural healthy teeth, the material is fracture and heat resistant and the human body accepts them as natural tissue. These facts coupled with the metal-sensitivity issue have caused titanium implants to fall by the wayside in Europe and elsewhere around the world.
About Brilliant Smiles Bellevue
Brilliant Smiles Bellevue is a dedicated resource offering exceptional dental services to patients in Washington and the surrounding areas. The Dental office is well known for providing technically advanced treatments with the highest levels of comfort and personalized attention. As a full service Bellevue dental practice, Brilliant Smiles Bellevue offers a complete range dental treatments including sedation Wa dentistry, family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, laser dentistry and emergency dentistry.
For more on ceramic implants, visit Brilliant Smiles Bellevue, Dr. Barron’s Bellevue, Washington dental practice at http://www.dentist-bellevue.net