Our 100% Ceramic Implant Solutions
Dental implants are a remarkable way to restore missing or damaged teeth, but some of our patients have concerns about dental implants that contain titanium, which is a type of metal:
- Metal is susceptible to corrosion.
- Metal conducts heat and electricity.
- Some patients are sensitive or allergic to metal.
- Hazardous bacteria can accumulate in between the sections of a titanium-secured implant.
- A dark titanium “shadow” can sometimes be seen around the edges of the implant.
With NobelPearl® from Nobel Biocare, Dr. Alfano can provide you with the full dental implant experience while avoiding the drawbacks associated with standard, titanium-secured implants.
What Are NobelPearl Dental Implants?
At Balboa Island Dentistry, Dr. Alfano is proud to offer NobelPearl — a metal-free, all-ceramic dental implant. This solution provides patients with a safe and attractive alternative to conventional implants.
NobelPearl implants give you exceptional comfort, stability, and chewing power.
Unlike traditional three-piece implants, NobelPearl consists of two ceramic pieces that fit together snugly, without leaving space for dangerous bacteria to accumulate. The VICARBO screw that connects the pieces is made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer that’s designed for a strong ceramic-to-ceramic connection.
The crown is the part of the implant that replaces your tooth. It’s the only portion of the implant that people will see. For a truly stunning restoration, we feature beautiful, tooth-colored zirconia crowns from Katana™. Their unique process creates glass-like translucency using strong, multilayered zirconia.
What is the Dental Implant Process?
All-ceramic NobelPearl implants are placed in the same manner as regular titanium-secured implants. Dr. Alfano will begin by surgically attaching the implant fixture to your jaw. This is the section of the implant that acts like the root of your natural teeth. Your jawbone will develop a strong bond with the fixture through a process called osseointegration.
Once your body has become fully adjusted to the implant fixture, you’ll return to Balboa Island Dentistry so that Dr. Alfano can complete the process by attaching your permanent zirconia restoration.
We use advanced imaging technology to create a digital impression of your smile. Then our local Katana milling center uses this information to create your lifelike ceramic crown. Dr. Alfano will complete the implant process by placing your natural-looking crown, and you’ll leave our office with a stunning new addition to your smile that’s one hundred percent metal-free.
Am I a Candidate for NobelPearl Implants?
Dental implants provide patients with a real solution for missing teeth that you’ll be happy to share with friends and loved ones. The best way to find out if dental implants are right for you is to schedule a consultation with an experienced implant dentist like Dr. Alfano.
Imagine smiling whenever you want to, eating without restrictions, and protecting your smile from the adverse effects of tooth loss. At Balboa Island Dentistry, we’ll help your smile dreams come true.
Call today to learn more. One of our friendly team members will be happy to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Alfano.
Your journey to a new smile begins today.
FAQs About All-Ceramic Implants
What is a metal-free dental implant?
A metal-free dental implant is made from Zirconia which is a ceramic material that’s biocompatible and offers incredible aesthetic advantages. Here at Balboa Island Dentistry, we use NobelPearl® dental implants as a great alternative to traditional implants.
Are metal-free dental implants better than titanium implants?
Metal-free implants offer a wide range of benefits including, high-quality aesthetics, decreased risk of infection, improved healing, and ultimate strength & stability.
How do you take care of your implants after the procedure?
After your implant procedure, you should continue to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash twice a day as you do with your natural teeth. Additionally, you should regularly visit our Newport Beach office for your dental check-ups & cleaning.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of a dental implant varies for each patient depending on certain factors such as how many implants are needed or if a preliminary procedure is necessary. An estimate of your dental implant treatment can be determined at your initial consultation with Dr. Alfano.
Does insurance cover my dental implants procedure?
Generally, dental insurance providers may cover a portion of the cost of your dental implant procedure, but not the whole treatment. It’s best to discuss this with your provider before you move forward with choosing dental implants.
What do I do in the event of a complication with my dental implants?
In the event of a complication with your dental implants, you should call our Newport Beach office immediately so Dr. Alfano can examine and repair your implant.