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Ceramic Dental Implants

The next phase of dental implant technology, already popular in Europe and California, is now available in the midtown periodontal practice of Dr. David Weinstein.  Ceramic implants are made of zirconia, not titanium, and have many benefits over traditional titanium implants.  Although not every patient is suited for ceramic implants, most patients are a good candidate.   Dr. Weinstein will evaluate your needs and provide you with the best implant options for replacing your missing teeth.

Dr Weinstein has mastered the art and science  of placing ceramic implants. He travelled to Germany and Spain to learn advanced techniques and protocols from the manufacturers of ceramic implant systems such as Z-System®, Ceraroot®, Zeramex®, SDS Swiss Dental Solutions®, Straumann® and Nobelbiocare®.  Dr Weinstein is a proud member of the International Academy of Oral Implantology and has attended their last two international meetings.  He has placed hundreds of ceramic implants in the last two years.

There is no other clinician in NYC with the knowledge and experience in the treatment planning and placement of ceramic implants.
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Ceramic Implant Advantages
  • Esthetics

    Ceramic implants offer better esthetics than traditional metal implants.  Metal implants are silver or metal in color.  Typically, the crown that sits on top of the implant hides the metal coloring.  However, if gums are thin and translucent, the silver color may show through.  This usually occurs near the gum line.  Recent studies demonstrate that gum cells have a better affinity (attraction) for ceramic implants than metal implants.  We often see firm pink gum surrounding ceramic implants and  the healing response is typically faster than titanium implants.

    Ceramic implants are shaped to mimic the roots of teeth and are often better at preventing “black triangles or food catches” between crowns and implants.

  • Metal Sensitivity and Allergies

    Both ceramic and titanium implants are biocompatible, meaning they will safely integrate with bone and tissue in the body. However, a very small percentage of patients are particularly sensitive or allergic to metals.  Since zirconia implants are hypoallergenic, they may be a great alternative for those with metal sensitivities. Though not common,  metal allergies and sensitivity can develop over time.  Zirconia implants will not cause this type of allergy. Finally, many patients choose ceramic implants because they are focused on a biological “metal free alternative” solution for their missing teeth.
  • Single Piece Design

    All types of ceramic implants have been developed to resist fracture and osseointegrate (bond to the bone).  Advances in ceramic implant design have allowed manufactures such as Zeramex® and Nobelbiocare® to create a two-piece design that contains no metal components. Straumann® also produces a two-piece implant that contains a metal abutment screw which is not in contact with the tissue.  Ceraroot® is a one stage implant that has the abutment “built in” which ultimately provides support for the crown.  Most clinicians would agree that a one stage implant has no micro gap and no micromovements thereby providing the best possible foundation for a new crown.   A two-piece ceramic implant allows for greater customization in crown design due to variations in bone and tissue anatomy.   Dr Weinstein is extremely knowledgeable regarding the various implant systems. He will carefully review your needs and decide which is one is best for you.