Ceramic Implants: a New Alternative for Dental Rehabilitation
AbstractTitanium alloys are vastly used for fabrication of dental implants. New implant technologies are being developed due to immunological potential and possible aesthetic impairments with titanium implants. Since the end of the 1990’s, zirconia was introduced in Dentistry due to its superior biomechanical properties compared to other ceramic oxides such as alumina, representing the material of choice for the fabrication of ceramic implants. Zirconia implants symbolize an ideal alternative for patients who seek for a metal free solution. The presence of abutment/implant in the one-piece conception provides excellent functional and aesthetic results, satisfying the most elevated levels of expectations. It presents superior biocompatibility compared to titanium and other metals, being effective as a new tendency to dental rehabilitation. The aim of this work was to briefly revise the literature and present a clinical case regarding the characteristics of zirconia implants in order to reinforce the attention of oral health professionals towards this promising alternative.
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