I often get asked about zirconia implants. Patients have fear of allergic reactions to the traditional titanium implants. There are societies that have formed that advocate the use of zirconia implants over titanium. An allergic reaction to titanium is not impossible but extremely rare. To date, I have not seen an allergic reaction.
However, there are companies that have formed that produce zirconia implants. In a recent article in the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants (2015; 30: 773-780), implant surgeons compared zirconia implants to titanium implants. It was the finding of the study that the implant failure rate for the Zirconia implants was 3.5 times higher than that of the titanium implants. This may also be the reason that zirconia implants do not have approval for teeth in a day.
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