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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

May 2020

Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • All patients must wear a mask when entering the office.
  • Anyone accompanying you will be asked to wait in their vehicle.
  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • Upon arrival at your appointment your temperature will be taken for the safety of all staff and patients.
  • Prior to receiving treatment you will be asked to rinse with an antimicrobial for a minimum of 30 seconds
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • UV Air purifiers have been placed throughout the office.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time, so we ask that you do your best to be on time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (626)798-7834 or visit our website at pasadenasmilecenter@yahoo.com.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.


Sincerely, Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. & Team

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