Titanium dental implants have been used very successfully for the last four decades. Implants have evolved in shape, size, design and materials. However with the popularity and widespread use of titanium and titanium alloys as dental implant materials, there has been a steady increase in patients having an immediate and in most cases developing delayed sensitivity to their dental implants.
For the last twenty years a variety of alternative materials have been utilized but with limited success in dentistry. Zirconia is a bioceramic and by virtue of its physical properties and inertness in the human body has emerged both in orthopedics and dentistry as safe, and hypoallergenic material for dental implantation. Case selection, diagnosis and treatment planning of one piece zirconia implants, surgical and prosthetic aspects of zirconia implantology, bone and soft tissue management when placing and restoring zirconia implants should be known.
Dr. Sammy Noumbissi
MScD Implant Surgery