For lasting beauty, health: Choose metal-free implants in Sebastopol, CA to replace damaged teeth
Through the ages, ceramic and porcelain have been lauded for their aesthetic beauty. These materials grace priceless ancient pottery, and modern wall, floor, and countertop surfaces alike. In dentistry, ceramics such as porcelain are also highly regarded for their aesthetic properties; however, dental ceramics do far more than “just” replicate the appearance of natural tooth enamel precisely. As truly holistic and biological dentists, Drs Silvano Senn and Toni Mann are among the select providers to place ceramic implants for teeth in Sebastopol, CA. Dental ceramics are a safe, durable, tissue-friendly, and highly satisfying alternative to the medical-grade titanium that is used by most dental implant dentists in and around Sonoma County, and elsewhere.
Implants, built better
Dental implant-retained bridges and dentures are widely considered to be the “gold standard” in tooth replacement. The implant itself makes the difference. Whereas conventional dentures and bridges only rebuild the structures on or above the gumline, dental implant-supported tooth replacement accounts for the parts of the tooth below the gums and encased in the jaw. Shaped like a cylinder, implants are designed to replace the tooth root. Once restored with a bridge or denture, the implant holds new teeth in place well and for the long haul.
Titanium is mentioned so often as the material used to make the implant, that many consumers shopping around for implants may assume this metal is their only option. At Whole Health Dentistry, we are pleased to introduce you to the healthier alternative: ceramic dental implants. As a holistic practice, we do not place restorations or appliances made from metals. That means, no metal for fillings, crowns, or tooth replacements like implant-retained dentures and bridges.
As with other dental metals, titanium has its drawbacks. Ceramic implants, such as zirconia systems, shine when compared to titanium implants for several different reasons:
- Tooth-colored – Since they are white and not gray like metal, ceramics do not peek through tissue and reveal themselves as “dental work.” Via aesthetics that conform with natural tooth structure, ceramics are even appropriate for patients with thinner gum tissues.
- Enduring – They are appropriate for patients with metals sensitivities, as titanium can provoke adverse reactions and inflammatory responses. Ceramics also support healthy surrounding tissues over the long term, largely because they are inert and do not corrode like titanium or other metal materials.
In fact, researchers have found ceramic implants are associated with reduced depths of pockets between the teeth and gums, and elevated attachment to soft tissues. Though the bridges and dentures themselves are not subject to decay, the implant remains vulnerable to peri-implantitis, which is a gum disease-like condition that can threaten the structure of implant-retained teeth.
Carefully chosen, non-metal implants reduce the risk of treatment failures, and support lasting beauty and functionality. Call 707 549-6333 to schedule your appointment with Drs Senn or Mann at Whole Healthy Dentistry in Sebastopol, CA.