zirconia dental implants los angeles

Cost vs. Quality & Experience

With the advances in dental implant technology today, replacing a missing tooth or teeth is an option for almost everyone. However, patients considering a dental implant need to be aware that getting a dental implant done right is not as simple as going to your favorite dentist or looking up the cheapest price online. Instead, there are multiple factors to consider in order to ensure the highest chance of a successful, long-term outcome.

Your Doctor’s Experience Affects the Success or Failure of Your Implant

Research studies have shown that experience is very important when choosing a doctor to perform your implant. In fact, the skill and experience of the doctor is one of the main criteria that influences whether an implant will be a success or failure (1). A study conducted at the Center for Implant Dentistry at Loma Linda University’s School of Dentistry concluded that implant failure was higher for inexperienced clinicians (2). Another study entitled “Reasons for Failures of Oral Implants” also listed “inexperienced surgeons inserting the implants” as increasing the chances of implant failure (3). It is clear that, when it comes to dental implants, choosing a doctor who does implants as a “side business” may not be the best option.

The Benefits of Ceramic Zirconia Dental Implants

Quality also matters when it comes to dental implants. One-piece, tooth-colored, all-ceramic, non-metal implants are quickly gaining popularity due to their strength and optimal integration into jaw bone, improved comfort and healing times, elimination of infection risk associated with two-piece implants, reduced maintenance, and extreme biocompatibility. Unlike metal implants, ceramic zirconia implants resist corrosion and do not conduct electricity or heat. There is no metal to induce chemical reactions or to migrate into surrounding tissues, nearby lymph nodes, or other parts of the body. Zirconia implants also exhibit low plaque accumulation, thereby promoting healthier gums (4). Since infection is a main cause of implant failure, the decrease in bacterial growth with ceramic implants is significant for the long-term success of an implant. Ceramic implants also do not affect the body’s meridians, which alleviates a primary concern that many holistic-oriented patients and practitioners have about metal implants.

The Best Choice — Ceramic Zirconia Dental Implants and an Experienced Dentist

At Mission Dental Implant Center, as our name suggests, Dr. Al Manesh works with implant patients daily. Implants aren’t something he does on the side. In fact, over the past 20 years, Dr. Manesh has placed more than 8,000 dental implants. Not many doctors can make this claim. As a result of his experience doing dental implants, Dr. Manesh has a 99% success rate. As part of his commitment to excellence, Dr. Manesh only places one-piece ceramic zirconia implants by CeraRoot. These implants are non-metal and offer patients numerous benefits compared to titanium implants. Health-conscious patients and patients with metal allergies and sensitivities find hypoallergenic, non-metal ceramic implants to be a welcome solution to their concerns about metal implants. All patients will appreciate the fact that ceramic implants are more appealing cosmetically and that one-piece ceramic zirconia implants are more difficult for bacteria to adhere to, thus there is decreased risk of infection and less maintenance required. In addition, CeraRoot implants are acid-etched, which research studies have shown result in higher success rates (5). A 2010 study published in the International Journal of Maxillofacial Implants followed 378 zirconia dental implant patients and found that the overall implant success rate after five years of follow-up was over 97% for the patients who had acid-etched implants (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20369093).

Technology Provides Better Options for Dental Implant Patients

Dr. Manesh stays current on the latest technology and treatment options in order to ensure the very best outcomes for his patients. In his office, he utilizes an i-CAT cone beam 3-D scanner to ensure that every implant procedure is conducted safely and accurately. He also offers the use of PRGF growth factors to minimize pain and inflammation, increase bone and tissue regeneration, and speed healing. Bone graft options are also available, including using the patient’s own bone or a synthetic bone substitute, instead of human or animal bone.

Making Your Dental Implant Decision

Research proves that experience and quality matter when it comes to dental implants. When deciding which doctor will do your implant, consider more than the price you will pay in dollars. Are you really saving money if you have to have your implant redone or if you develop health problems related to the materials used? Implants placed by less experienced practitioners often fail, so save yourself time, expense, pain, and stress, as well as potential health problems associated with non-biocompatible implants. Get your implants done right the first time. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Manesh today!

  1. Lambert, P., et al. “Positive effect of surgical experience with implants on second-stage implant survival.” J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1997; 55:12-18.
  2. Ji TJ, et al. “Immediate loading of maxillary and mandibular implant-supported fixed complete dentures: a 1- to 10-year retrospective study.” J Oral Implantol. 2012 Sep;38 Spec No:469-76.
  3. Chrcanovic, BR, et al. “Reasons for failures of oral implants.” J Oral Rehabili. 2014 Jun; 41(6):443-76.
  4. Bremer F., et al. “In vivo biofilm formation on different dental ceramics.” Quintessence Int. 2011 Jul-Aug; 42(7):565-74.
  5. Oliva, J., et al. “Five-year success rate of 831 consecutively placed Zirconia dental implants in humans: a comparison of three different rough surfaces.” Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2010 Mar-Apr; 25(2): 336-44.