Biocompatible Implants - Zirconium Oxide

Loss of a tooth, resulting from disease or mechanical damage, not only affects an individual's aesthetic appearance but also significantly impacts the functionality of the bite. When we decide to get a dental implant, we probably envision a carefree life in the future.

We look forward to having all our teeth, but we often forget that inappropriate materials or execution can bring more problems than tooth loss itself. There are numerous metal implants available, and it is crucial to choose the right brand very carefully. However, it is a fact that the use of ceramic implants made of zirconia oxide is increasing. These ceramic implants are much better substitutes than their metal predecessors. Since they differ from each other, the brand used is also important. It has been proven that the oral mucosa has a high affinity for the surface of zirconia implants, leading to quality gum attachment at the implant interface. This fact is crucial in reducing inflammation around ceramic implants compared to metal implants. Inflammation around implants follows a similar pattern as inflammation in periodontal tissues and is caused by similar bacteria. Because tissue inflammation around implants progresses faster than with natural teeth, it is of utmost importance to prevent the occurrence of inflammation, among other things, by choosing the appropriate material from which the implant is made.


The key to success with dental implants lies in the correct procedure—without haste and unrealistic promises. The first step is a thorough examination of the gums and a radiographic analysis and simulation of implant placement using a CBCT scan. In cases of gum disease, we must take our time to completely heal the gums. The therapist assesses whether there is sufficient bone and if the space is suitable for implant placement. If there is not enough bone, bone and gum grafting procedures follow, which must heal properly. Only after thorough preparation can the implant placement be performed. Imagine not knowing this and receiving a dental implant on diseased gums with insufficient bone for implant integration. In such cases, severe complications can arise, and often, such implants need to be removed. Therefore, it is essential to take the time for such a significant procedure and follow the prescribed protocols to be satisfied with the dental replacement that will serve as a permanent tooth. After all, we want to have it for a lifetime.


Metal implants can cause the formation of a dark gum line around the implant, while zirconia implants have a more natural tone that seamlessly blends with the gum color. Even in cases of bone and tissue deficiency, the potential transparency of a dental implant due to its white color is much more favorable compared to a metal implant. The white color ensures a high aesthetic result, which is particularly important for replacing teeth in the front, visible area.

Therefore, ceramic implants represent an attractive upgrade to traditional metal solutions. Due to their numerous advantages, especially biocompatibility and a more natural appearance, they are increasingly being used. With further technological advancements and an increased awareness of the importance of the materials we implant in the body, ceramic implants will likely completely replace metal implants in the future.