Titanium implants have been used for decades worldwide to replace missing teeth or to secure loose or ill-fitting dentures. Recently, ceramic, or non-metallic, implants have been approved by the US FDA.
Ceramic or zirconia implants are hypoallergenic and some people have allergies to metals of all types. Ceramic implants are a wonderful alternative.
One problem that frequently arises with titanium implants is one of esthetics. Patients with thin, translucent gums or those who are prone to gum recession (as are many aging people) may end up with the gray gums or titanium from conventional or mini implants showing around the margin of the crown. Since zirconia is non-metallic and white, it is much more natural looking than titanium. It’s a perfect base color that closely mimics what nature created in the first place.
Also, because zirconia does not conduct an electrical charge is a wonderful benefit, as opposed to metal implants. Bacterial growth on the surface of a zirconia implant is far less likely to adhere to the implant due to its non-conductivity, thus creating an oral environment that promotes much healthier gingival tissues.
If you're considering an implant, consult with Dr. Shankland and his staff concerning maybe having him place a zirconia implant.
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Maintaining your oral health is important to your overall health and wellness. Regular preventative visits will keep your teeth clean and gums healthy. Gum disease and cavities are much easier to treat in the early stages, and can be detected at your preventative visits.
Restorative dentists use devices such as dentures, crowns, bridges, onlays, inlays and also dental implants to restore your teeth and their proper functioning. Teeth can be damaged or lost by cavities, gum disease, or accidents. Restorative dentistry restores your teeth and their proper function. Our office offers crowns, inlays, onlays, tooth-colored fillings, bridges, and implants to restore the function and beauty of your teeth.
Do you or someone in your family snore? Do you wake up suddenly in a panic, feeling as if you can't catch your breath? The diagnosis may be sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can lead to other disease processes in your body and should be treated. Dr. Shankland can evaluate your breathing problems and make recommendations for the best treatment options.
TMD, commonly know as TMJ, are a group of musculoskeletal disorders that involve the temporomandibular joint. Dr. Wesley Shankland is highly trained to treat these disorders. Some of the more common symptoms are: clenching; pain in the face; headaches; clicking, popping, or grating sounds; or jaws that get stuck
Facial pain is often caused by the following disorders: temporal tendonitis, Ernest Syndrome, occipital neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia (tic douloureux), NICO (Neuralgia Inducing Cavitational Osteonecrosis). Dr.Wesley Shankland has been successfully diagnosing and treating people with these disorders for many years, and is respected as an expert in this field