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Porcelain and Zirconia Implants

Modern dental technology can help you create a perfect smile and restore missing teeth with porcelain or zirconia implants. The tooth structure can be crafted from porcelain or zirconia for a tooth structure that functions and appears to be a completely natural tooth. The porcelain tooth is added to the replacement “root” once it is fully integrated into the bone structure in the jaw.

The implant itself (the replacement root structure of the tooth) may be either titanium or zirconium. Each material has benefits, and an individual evaluation will help us to determine which type of implant is appropriate in your case.

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Zirconia Implants in Pasadena: Holistic Dentist

Zirconia tooth restorations can produce a superior aesthetic result for some patients as the entire structure, including beneath the gum tissue, is a pure white, rather than the metal grey of titanium. Both zirconia and titanium are considered to be “bioinert,” or able to fuse to the jaw structure without problems. One issue that can arise with titanium implants is that patients with thinner gum tissue or gums that recede may eventually have a visible grey line begin to appear at the gum line. The white of zirconia matches natural tooth color and can be the more aesthetic solution.

What are porcelain implants?

At Pasadena Smile Center, we are committed to providing our patients with the latest options in dental materials and technology. The tooth itself can be crafted from various types of materials, including zirconia, feldspar, or a range of other materials. Each porcelain material used in a tooth restoration offers specific benefits in appearance and strength. We ensure our patients understand why one type of porcelain will be more appropriate for a tooth restoration.

Metal Allergies and Zirconia Implants

Some patients react to metals and should avoid titanium implants. While titanium is safe, and these implants have been part of dental technology since the 80s, zirconium is a superior option for many patients. Titanium implants contain a small quantity of other metals, including nickel, and are not appropriate for those who have an allergic reaction to metals or patients who have concerns about the use of any metal in dental restorations. Zirconia implants are durable and beautiful, crafted from this white translucent material that has a very natural appearance. As one of the best holistic dentists Pasadena has to offer, we are pleased to offer metal-free zirconia implants as an option to our patients.

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The Benefits of Zirconium Implants

The benefits of zirconium over titanium include:

  • Metal-free
  • No risk of metal leaching
  • Durable
  • Aesthetic advantages – no grey metal that can become visible
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Faster treatment time
  • Faster recovery
  • Corrosion-resistant

How do zirconia implants work?

Our Pasadena zirconia implants are one piece (the body of the implant and the post), as opposed to the standard titanium two-piece system. A tooth replacement supported by a zirconium implant can produce a beautiful, aesthetic, metal-free restoration. The components in a one-piece structure do not shift as is possible with two-piece titanium structures, which could result in tiny pockets in which bacteria could potentially flourish.

Contact us today for one of the best zirconia and porcelain implants Pasadena has to offer.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Due to the increased health concerns regarding COVID-19, we are now scheduling Virtual Consultations.

The virtual consultation can help answer questions, provide guidance and help ease your mind. This is an area recently approved by the American Dental Association. During this process you become a patient of our dental practice by filling out new patient forms. This process is to familiarize the doctor with your Medical and Dental history which will be reviewed before your virtual appointment. The insurance portion will be used for billing purposes.

Depending on your needs you can schedule for one of the two types of consultation


1. Limited Visual Consultation: Limited to one tooth or one area of concern. (10minutes)

2. General Visual Consultation: Answers to your questions to more than one area of concern. (20 minutes)

What we need from you prior to your Consultation time:

1. X-rays that you have from previous dentists up to five years old.

2. Pictures of the area taken by your smart phone from different angles. Take as many from different views as possible. Including pictures of your smile and bite. We have found using your flash on your phone and focusing will help.

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