Zirconia implants are one of the newest types of dental implants used for tooth replacement. They are more aesthetically attractive than other implants and are considered metal-free.
This type of dental implant appeared in the early nineties and quickly became widespread due to its strength and natural appearance. In Turkey, zirconia implants are among the most popular options for permanent tooth replacement.
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Cost of Zirconia Dental Implants in Turkey
One of the most attractive features of Turkey’s healthcare is its affordability. Turkey has much lower prices, especially compared to most Western countries, but its healthcare remains one of the best in the world. Health care here is cheap because of a combination of factors. The price of health care is proportional to the living costs in the country, which are lower than in the West, and Turkey subsidises its healthcare system, particularly private clinics. Medical tourism is an increasingly important revenue source for Turkey, forcing the government to place strict requirements on the quality of medical care.
As a result, you can get a zirconia implant in our dental clinic in Turkey for the average price of £ 1000, with a quality that is not inferior to the best Western clinics, but more affordable.
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What Are Zirconia Dental Implants in Turkey?
Zirconia implants are dental implants made of zirconium – a ceramic material containing zirconium. While zirconium is a metal, zirconia itself isn’t metallic as it is the oxidised form of zirconium. Thus, zirconia’s properties are different from zirconium metal. This ceramic is a non-reactive and biocompatible material that is both strong and similar to a natural tooth in appearance. Compared to dental implants made of other common materials, there are no recorded cases of allergic reactions to zirconia implants, and they are more aesthetically pleasing. There are different types of implants suited for a variety of use cases.
Dentists can install a dental implant to replace a lost or damaged tooth. In simple terms, implants consist of a sort of screw that is placed into the jaw, replacing the tooth’s root, and a dental crown attached to this screw. The dental crown is the visible part of the implant, also known as a “false tooth”. It is possible to join the dental crown directly to the screw—this is called a one-piece implant—or use a connecting piece called an abutment. Most zirconia implants are one-piece.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Zirconia Dental Implants in Turkey
Advantages and Disadvantages of Zirconia Dental Implants in Turkey
Zirconia, being a modern material, has many advantages over other types of materials for implants:
- It is similar in appearance to natural teeth and can be easily coloured to match their tone.
- It is non-allergenic, non-toxic and non-reactive. Conversely, the most common material for implants – titanium, can cause an allergic reaction in up to 5% of patients.
- Zirconia implants can promote osseointegration – the fusion of the implant and the bone, resulting in a stronger connection between them;
- There is some evidence that zirconia implants may be more resistant to bacteria than implants made of other materials.
- If the patient’s gums recede with age, the implants won’t be visible as grey areas under the crowns as the screws are white.
It also has several disadvantages:
- It is a newer material, so there is less research and data on it. There can be currently unknown long-term disadvantages in comparison to more established materials.
- Most zirconia implants are one-piece. But in some cases, having an abutment is preferable, since it allows to correct the angle of the crown relative to the screw.
- It is more expensive than titanium and is slightly weaker.
- It isn’t possible to make small-diameter implants from zirconia ceramic. When made smaller than a certain diameter, they become increasingly likely to fracture.
Difference Between Zirconia and Titanium Dental Implants
Titanium implants are the most common type of implant. They are made of titanium—a durable grey-coloured metal—or its alloys. Dentists have been using titanium implants since the 1960s, so their long-term effects are well known.
Compared to zirconia implants, titanium ones are more durable and are produced in a greater variety. There can be cases where it’s impossible to install a zirconia implant because of a lack of a suitably angled implant. Meanwhile, it’s possible to adjust most titanium implants using angled abutments.
As a metal, titanium can cause allergic reactions in susceptible patients. Titanium can also cause inflammation in patients with diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and other health conditions.
If the patient has receding gums, the screw of the implant may be visible under the crown. It has a metallic grey colour, so such patients may find titanium implants aesthetically undesirable. If the patient’s gums are thin, the screws of the implants can also make them appear darker and greyer.
Dental Implantation Methods in Turkey
Dentatur offers different methods of dental implants, depending on how many teeth the patient needs to be replaced. Our dentists will approach each patient individually, selecting the best implants for each case.
Single-tooth implants are the most common type. They replace only one tooth in the jaw.
If the patient needs to replace most of their teeth in one jaw, they can get All-on-4 dental implants. This implant method uses four screws and replaces all the teeth in one jaw.
If the patient lacks bone in the upper jaw for a conventional implant, the dentists can install a zygoma implant. It is attached to the cheekbones and replaces all the upper jaw’s teeth. These implants are very reliable, as their attachment is secure.
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Who Is Not Suitable to Get Zirconia Dental Implants?
The following patients are not suitable for dental implants:
- Patients younger than 18 years are generally not eligible to get dental implants. These patients are still growing and their jaws may be growing, as well, causing implant alignment and bonding issues.
- Patients with chronic diseases that make their wounds more difficult to heal, such as diabetes, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases, and others.
- Heavy smokers. Nicotine interferes with healing, which can lead to complications after the procedure or make the implant fail to fuse to the bone.
Are Zirconia Dental Implants Safe?
Zirconia implants are generally considered safe. Although there are fewer studies of their long-term effects when compared to metal implants, no significant disadvantages of zirconia ceramic implants have been observed in short-term studies. Their ability to reduce bacterial growth can promote faster healing after the procedure, reducing the chances of getting a side effect.
In general, they are comparable in strength to metal implants while offering better aesthetic qualities. They are also hypoallergenic and biocompatible, reducing the chances of inflammation of nearby tissues.
With proper care, these implants will last many years. Fortunately, caring for them is as simple as ordinary tooth care. The patient should brush their teeth twice a day, floss them at least once a day, and, optionally, use other tooth care products, such as antibacterial rinses.