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Dental Implants Offer Metal-Free Tooth Replacement

May 01, 2023 12:00AM ● By Dr. Udoka Holinbeck
These days, we know more than ever before about the important role that oral health plays in overall wellness. Our teeth are one of the most critical features of our oral health—they need to be free of disease and should function well collectively.

When teeth are missing, the collective function of the mouth is negatively altered; therefore, replacing missing teeth is critical. Decades ago, there was a lack of metal-free implant options. Today, with truly metal-free implants, dentists are able to replace missing teeth while keeping biocompatibility and wellness in mind.

A dental implant is a surgical fixture that is placed in the bone in order to replace a tooth that is missing or has been removed because of trauma, decay or periodontal disease. Implants are the most ideal way to replace teeth because they engage the bone to stop it from wearing away. Unlike a bridge, they don’t require cutting tooth structure; and unlike a removable partial or complete denture, they are fixed and don’t require removal at night to clean.

Dental implants are the closest replacement available in modern dentistry to restore not only the appearance of a smile, but also the bite function. Implants are available in titanium or in a ceramic, metal-free substance called zirconia.

Zirconia is the more biocompatible option. Unlike titanium, it does not corrode in the mouth; it is bio-inert and does not conduct electrical charge; it has no allergic properties; it is tooth-colored and more esthetic, and it does not trap plaque, so gums are healthier.

Studies including “Ceramic Dental Implants: An Overview of Materials, Characteristics, and Application Concepts,” published by Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, in Pennsylvania, shows better gum health around zirconia implants, as well as a lack of true allergy or asssociated neurological ailments. Plaque does not accumulate around zirconia the way it does around metal, which means a cleaner and healthier mouth.

Udoka Holinbeck, DDS, has been placing metal-free dental implants successfully for the past seven years and has helped countless patients restore their oral function and improve their overall health and quality of life. She practices at Bionica Dental Wellness, 2566 Sun Valley Dr., Delafield. For more information, call 262-337 9745, email Hello@Bionica or visit Go to to read the study. See ad on page 3 of print magazine.