Dental Implantology: From Titanium to Zirconia Ceramic
Received Date: September 20, 2015 Accepted Date: November 04, 2015 Published Date: November 05, 2015
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The successful use of zirconia ceramics for the fabrication of tooth-supported restorations has encouraged clinicians to extend
its application for implant-supported restorations. CAD/CAM technology in combination with zirconia ceramic has increasingly
gained popularity in implant dentistry . Zirconia implants were introduced into dental implantology as an alternative to
titanium implants. Zirconia seems to be a suitable implant material because of its opacity, mechanical properties, biocompatibility,
and low plaque affinity.
Apical bone loss and gingival recession associated with implants often uncover portions of the metal implant, revealing a bluish
discoloration of the overlying gingiva. The use of zirconia implants avoids this complication and accedes to the request of many
patients for metal-free implants. The inflammatory response and bone resorption induced by ceramic particles are less than those
induced by titanium particles, suggesting the biocompatibility of ceramics .
Today, the majority of implant manufacturers offer zirconia abutments for aesthetic implant-supported restorations. Abutments
are available in prefabricated or customized forms and can be prepared in the dental laboratory either by the technician or by
utilizing CAD/ CAM techniques. The biocompatibility of zirconia toward soft connective and epithelial tissue is essential .
Moreover, Y-TZP abutments may promote soft tissue integration, while favorable peri-implant soft tissues may be clinically
achieved adjacent to zirconia abutments and zirconia healing caps.
Besides strength considerations, Y-TZP implant abutments offer metal-like radiopacity for better radiographic evaluation, and,
ultimately, reduced bacterial adhesion, plaque accumulation and inflammation risk. A systematic review revealed that zirconia
abutments could maintain an equivalent bone level in comparison to titanium, gold and aluminum oxide ones . In a randomized
controlled trial, 20 customized non HIPed-based zirconia single-tooth implant abutments and 20 customized titanium singletooth
implant abutments were followed for 3 years, with no fractures or loosening of abutments in both group and a 100% survival
rate reported .