The majority of adults in the United States have lost at least one tooth due to decay, gum disease, trauma, or failed root canal therapy. Unless these teeth are restored with implants, there is a strong likelihood that the supporting bone will continue to deteriorate. For this reason, Dr. Wall highly recommends replacing missing teeth with zirconia dental implants. Zirconia implants are made of zirconium oxide, a type of ceramic. Many dentists think zirconia implants are weak and brittle, when in fact the opposite is true: zirconia implants are stronger than their titanium implant counterparts. Placed correctly, zirconia implants stimulate jaw bone hardening (Wolff’s law). Zirconia dental implants have a high success rate, comparable to that of titanium.Dr. Wall prefers the Zirkolith system available from Z-systems (hyperlink to their website) due to it’s ability to be prepared for a crown like a tooth. Z-systems is a Swiss implant company that produces naturally white, metal-free dental implants. The gum tissue response to zirconia implants is remarkably good.
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Dental implants are now a preferred method of tooth replacement over dentures and bridges. Dentures rest on the gums which means the bone can wear away. Bridges rely on adjacent teeth for support and may damage healthy teeth.
Dental Implants for Missing Teeth
The majority of adults who have reached middle age have lost at least one tooth to tooth decay, gum disease, or an injury. Some of these adults end up losing all of their teeth by the time they reach their mid-70s. Undergoing a tooth replacement procedure is necessary for restoring the smile and also reducing the risk of additional tooth or bone loss. While dentures and fixed bridges offer some options for replacing missing teeth, they are not without complications. Removable dentures can cause bone loss and if they do not fit properly, may cause clicking sounds. Bridges typically require grinding down adjacent teeth, which can make these teeth more susceptible to damage. This is why Dr. Wall may recommend dental implants as a permanent tooth replacement procedure.
Dental implants are an effective solution for replacing missing teeth because they are made out of zirconia and porcelain and are fused directly into the jaw bone. When placed properly, they function and look just like your real teeth. They stimulate the jaw bone, and the zirconian composition of the implant post will not wear down or become corroded.
Dental implants have a high success rate and can improve your oral health. For more information about replacing missing teeth with dental implants, schedule your consultation with Dr. Wall in Bountiful, UT today!