Richmond Family Dentistry Is The Only Practice That Places Exclusively Ceramic Implants In Richmond, VADr. Olivia Hart is the only dentist in Richmond, VA, that offers her patients FDA-approved, biocompatible, biomimetic, durable metal-free zirconia implants, also known as ceramic implants.
The Problem with MetalsIf 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. 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 continuously 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 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 can also contribute 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 states otherwise and should ideally be substituted with available biocompatible alternatives to enhance a patient's body's immunity and self-defense.
BENEFITS OF ZIRCONIA IMPLANTS
- Strong – Zirconia is strong and durable, making these implants suitable for any area of the mouth.
- Reliable – Zirconia implants have been available since 1987, recently gaining popularity due to many holistic dental practices. Zirconia integrates like titanium, with a success rate of up to 97%.
- Biocompatible – Zirconia is bioinert, unlikely to cause inflammation or be rejected by the body.
- Natural-looking – Zirconia implants are white and have the appearance of natural teeth. They are virtually undetectable to the human eye.