Richmond Family Dentistry - the only practice that places ceramic implants in Richmond, VADr. Olivia Hart is the only dentist in Richmond, VA that offers to her patients FDA-approved, biocompatible, biomimetic, durable metal-free zirconia implants, also known also as a ceramic implants.
Why metals are problematicIf you think about it, you have likely never known anyone who has an allergic reaction to a ceramic teapot or the ceramic plates they eat off of. One of the reasons for this is that the human body responds better to biocompatible, non-metal materials rather than materials made from metals.
When titanium alloy dental implants are placed in the ”hostile electrolytic environment” that is our mouth, they may be subject to corrosion and the release of ions that can, in turn, increase the likelihood of an adverse allergic reaction (Chaturvedi, 2013).
Additionally, the metal in our mouth is constantly being exposed to saliva and cellular energy—who does not use mobile phones these days with ever more powerful cellular networks? This exposure is known to create galvanic reactions, which are battery-like electric currents (Tschernitschek H, Borchers L, Geurtsen W. Nonalloyed 2005: 523-530). Having a battery in your mouth is not a recipe for a long, healthy life! Furthermore, some patients are known to have developed a hypersensitivity to titanium implants (Muller K, Valentine-Thon E., 2006).
According to the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and documented scientific research, exposure to metal in general and metal implants specifically can also be a contributing factor to autoimmune disease. (Loyo E, Jara LJ, López PD, Puig AC., 2013).
Richmond Family Dentistry adopts a precautionary approach in its holistic, ceramic implant treatment. Our philosophy is that anything metal in a patient’s mouth is suspicious until science irrevocably states otherwise, and should ideally be substituted with available biocompatible alternatives with the aim of enhancing the immunity and self-defence of a patient’s body.
Benefits of zirconia implants
- Strong – Zirconia is extremely capable of resisting bite force, so these implants are suitable for all areas of the mouth.
- Reliable – Zirconia implants have been available since 1987, recently gaining popularity due to a growing number of holistic dental practices. Osseointegration for zirconia is similar to titanium, resulting in a success rate up to 97 percent.
- Biocompatible – Zirconia is a bioinert material – it is unlikely to cause inflammation and rejection by the body.
- Natural looking – A zirconia implant and porcelain restoration cannot be detected in the smile. Because it is white in color like natural teeth, a gray line at the gum margin is unlikely to appear.
As a dentist with a holistic approach and a member of the IAOMT, Dr. Hart supports the growing trend toward avoiding metals in the body. If you are a health conscious dental patient, she encourages you to schedule a consultation to learn more about the advantages of zirconia implants and relevant treatment plans. Call Richmond Family Dentistry in Richmond, VA at (804) 381-6238 to schedule a consultation.