Ceramic implants, out of zirconium-dioxide, have come in the focus of the discussion in the recent years. Compared to the well-established titanium implants, ceramic implants can now be used as a valuable alternative in clinical practice. Ceramic dental implants can offer new clinical opportunities, such as the treatment of challenging esthetic cases or for patients with specific demands.
Micro-rough surfaces are one of the key factors for predictable and successful osseointegration for titanium implants. An implant surface with equivalent surface characteristics like the well proven SLA® surface has been developed for ceramic implants. Recent preclinical studies compare the biomechanical and histological bone tissue response of a novel ceramic implant to the well-established titanium implant with SLA® surface. Results are showing no statistically significant differences at any time point between both materials, indicating an excellent osseointegration performance also for the ceramic implants. In addition the clinical performance of this ceramic dental implant has been evaluated in a prospective multicenter trial. Success- and survival rates of 97.6% and pleasing esthetic results after one year indicate the potential of a safe and predictable use of ceramic dental implants in clinical use.
This presentation was held at the ITI World Symposium 2014, April 24, within the Straumann Corporate Forum.