Ceramic implant, an alternative to titanium ones ?
Dr Alfred Sze Lok Lau
- Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, HKU
- Director and Consultant, Branemark Osseointegration Centre, Hong Kong
- Honorary Consultant, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Queen Mary Hospital
- Past President, Hong Kong Association of OMS
- Executive Committee , members at large , International Association of OMS
- Chairman, NextGen Committee, International Association of OMS
- Councilor, Asian and International Association of OMS
- International Faculty, AOCMF
- Founder and Honorary President, Young Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Group of Hong Kong
The use of Zirconia is no longer restricted only to the prosthetic parts of the dental implant therapy nowadays, but the fixation itself too. Being as the same group with titanium in the periodic table, zirconia has very similar chemical properties yet superior in its strength. It is as inert as titanium biologically due to the zirconia oxide layer, thus osseointegration also happens on it. Studies has shown that zirconia could be more beneficial to be used as an implant fixature when compare with the traditional titanium fixature in many different aspects, namely less plaque accumulation, less periodontal tissue loss , less inflammation, less bacteria count, better soft tissue adaptation and integration as well as more esthetic due to its color.
According to estimation, ceramic implant only shares around 1% of the global dental implant market. Would it be more and more popular in the future? The lecture will bring you through the basic science for ceramic implant, the clinical aspect, the long term stability of the implant and the peri-implant tissue as well as the indication of ceramic implant in day to day practice.
Learning objectives :
- Basic Science of Zirconia
- Indication of Zirconia Implant
- Pros and Cons of Zirconia Implants