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Your health is a key factor in
a successful implant.


Ceramic implants from ZERAMEX® have many advantages over conventional dental implants.

The Key to Implant Success

- General Health Status -

How is your health?


In a healthy individual implants are highly successful, however there are certain medical contraindications to dental implant therapy and complications that may arise can be serious. Help your health professional help you by providing full information about your health.
Pre-existing Conditions
Can adversely impact the outcome

Known or undiagnosed conditions such as osteoporosis, auto-immune diseases, cancer, clotting disorders, recent cardio-vascular events etc... can impair the body's ability to heal thereby having an adverse effect on the tissue healing around an implant.

Genetic Susceptibility
Worth investigating

Recent research in human genetics have shown that genetic alterations called polymorphisms can increase the risks with metals such as titanium, unless identified and mitigated. Talk to your oral health professional about it.

Full Disclosure is Important
To insure the best results.

Please discuss any issue with your dentist even if you are not sure if it is relevant. This will ensure your oral health professional can give you the best advice for your situation.

Certain habits can increase the risk of complications.
Change for the better

Smoking, excess alcohol consumption, drug addictions, poor oral hygiene etc... can increase the risk of infection and poor osseointegration. Discuss this with your oral health professional.

There are 3 categories of contraindications.

1- Absolute contraindications are situations where dental implants cannot be used.

2- Relative contraindications are situations where health issues must first be addressed before having a dental implant.

3- Local contraindications are oral health issues that need further attention to insure a successful implant.

ABSOLUTE CONTRAINDICATIONS - No dental implant.

Risks:

Important post-operative swelling;

Anaphylactic shock;

Death.

Solutions:

Finding an anesthetic tolerated by the patient.

Finding an alternative to conventional dental implants.

Risks:

Not enough space to insert the implant in the alveolar bone; 

Insufficient space for the artificial crown of the implant;

Having to redo the procedure when growth is completed.

Solutions:

Wait until the growth of the jaws is completed (at the age of 17 or 18); 

Finding an alternative to conventional dental implants.

Note: An advanced age does not pose problems if the patient is healthy.

Risks:

Post-operative infection due to long-term treatment with anti-rejection drugs that suppress or slow down the immune system;

Osseointegration failure.

Solutions:

Finding an alternative to conventional dental implants.

Risks:

Osseointegration failure.

Post-operative infection.

Solutions:

Finding an alternative to conventional dental implants.

Risks:

Osseointegration failure.

Premature loss of the implant.

Fracture of the jaw.

Solutions:

Finding an alternative to conventional dental implants.

Risks:

Osseointegration failure.

Post-operative infection.

Altered or slow healing.

Solutions:

Cancer with radiation therapy: use strict asepsis during the procedure, under general anesthesia, and work together with the radiotherapy team.

Finding an alternative to conventional dental implants.

Risks:

Death

Solutions:

Finding an alternative to conventional dental implants.

RELATIVE CONTRAINDICATIONS - Implant only after a specific problem has been solved.

Risks:

Post-operative infection;

Longer healing time;

More complex healing process;

Decrease in the effectiveness of the immune system to fight gum and bone diseases;

Osseointegration failure.

Solutions:

Stopping smoking, drinking alcohol or consuming drugs before the procedure, at least a week after and ideally during the convalescence and even beyond. Discuss this with your health professional since the benefit of cessation go well beyond a sucessful implant.

Risks:

Post-operative infection;

Onset of periodontal or dental disease;

Longer healing time.

Solutions:

Managing diabetes;

Use strict asepsis during surgery;

Take antibiotics before the procedure to reduce the risk of infection.

Risks:

More abundant and uncontrollable bleeding (during and after surgery).

Solutions:

Consult the physician who prescribed blood thinners to see if they can be stopped or changed before and during surgery;

Take extra precautions during the procedure to prevent bleeding.

Risks:

Post-operative infection;

Longer healing time.

Solutions:

Take antibiotics before the procedure to reduce the risk of infection;

Use strict asepsis during surgery.

Risks:

Post-operative infection;

Longer healing time.

Solutions:

Waiting until the disease is cured, as in the case of sinusitis;

Finding an alternative to conventional dental implants.

Risks:

Osseointegration failure;

Post-operative infection;

Longer healing time.

Solutions:

Making the patient aware of the rigorous discipline required for a successful treatment;

Finding an alternative to conventional dental implants.

Risks:

Compromised security of the surgeon or the patient during the procedure;

Patient dissatisfaction with the final result because of unrealistic expectations.

Solutions:

Evaluating the psychiatric or psychological problem to determine if it can be controlled by medication (in collaboration with the patient’s physician);

Finding an alternative to conventional dental implants.

Risks:

Blood supply in the bone can be impaired which will increase the risk of failed integration of the bone to the implant.

Solutions:

Address the causal factor(s) prior to implant surgery. I.E: Infections, heavy metals, genetic factors, deficiency in key nutrients ect...

Postpone implant surgery until causal factors have been resolved or controlled.

Risks:

Parts of the procedure that can endanger the fetus:

use of local or general anesthesia;

X-rays.

Solutions:

Wait until after childbirth to perform implant surgery.

Risks:

While most polymorphisms are of no consequence there are certain polymorphisms that increase the risks regarding implants. 

Solutions:

Perform a relevant genetic profile test and take steps to mitigate the risk(s) prior to the implant procedure, including avoidance of materials that can trigger a biological response, addressing any nutrient deficiency and any other factor that can trigger the activation of the polymorphic gene. For example polymorphisms of genes IL-1A, IL-1B, IL-RN and TNF-A can increase reactivity to titanium and its alloys. Other polymorphisms can adversely impact bone metabolism.

USE CERAMIC IMPLANTS or find an alternative to dental implants.

LOCAL CONTRAINDICATIONS - Implant may be considered by taking extra precautions regarding problems involving the mouth or jaws. 

Risks:

Fracture of the jaw;

Perforation of the maxillary sinuses;

Osseointegration failure.

Solutions:

Performing a bone graft or sinus lift before the procedure (healing time varies from a few weeks to a few months);

Finding an alternative to conventional dental implants

Risks:

Post-operative infection;

Osseointegration failure;

Premature loss of the implant.

Solutions:

Performing a gum graft (healing time varies from a few days to several weeks);

Treating the periodontal or gingival disease in order to stabilize it or eradicate it;

Finding an alternative to conventional dental implants.

Risks:

Premature damage of the artificial crown on the implant or of the implant itself;

Osseointegration failure.

Solutions:

Wearing a device to prevent damage to the teeth and implants during the night;

Finding an alternative to conventional dental implants.

Risks:

Altered sensation (paresthesia or numbness) in various parts of the face, like the lower lip and chin, as a result of inferior alveolar nerve damage during the procedure.

Solutions:

Take extra precautions before inserting an implant in the mandible (use of 3D x-rays and other measurement tools);

Finding an alternative to conventional dental implants.

Risks:

Perforation of the maxillary sinuses.

Solutions:

Evaluating the position and anatomy of the maxillary sinuses and taking extra precautions when inserting implants in the upper jaw;

Performing a sinus lift;

Finding an alternative to conventional dental implants in the upper jaw.

Risks:

Post-operative infection;

Longer healing time;

More complex healing process;

Osseointegration failure.

Solutions:

Treating the infection before the procedure;

Improving oral hygiene habits before the procedure.

Risks:

Post-operative infection;

Longer healing time;

More complex healing process.

Solutions:

Treat the lesions before the procedure;

Use strict asepsis during surgery.

Risks:

Insufficient space to insert the implant in the alveolar bone;

Insufficient space for the artificial crown of the implant due to teeth that have moved towards the toothless space or extrusion of opposing teeth into the edentulous space;

Premature wear and tear of the artificial crown on the implant or of the implant itself;

Damage to the roots of adjacent teeth.

Solutions:

Undergo an orthodontic treatment before the installation of the implant.

- Benefits from Zeramex Implants -

GUMS LOVE CERAMICS

The biocompatibility of ceramic allows natural blood flow to the gums around the implant.

When titanium implants are used, however, the blood flow to the adjacent gums is almost 20 percent less than with a natural tooth. Ceramic implants also counteract natural bone regression in the jaw.[6]

LESS PLAQUE ADHESION ON ZIRCONIA

Less dental plaque adhesion on ceramic implants compared to titanium implants.

Zirconia implant surfaces showed a statistically significant reduction in human plaque biofilm formation after 72 hours of incubation in an experimental anaerobic flow chamber model compared with titanium implant surfaces. [50]

SIMPLY ATTRACTIVE

The completely metal-free ZERAMEX® ceramic implants are aesthetically and functionally impressive as artificial tooth roots.

Their white colour is visually superior to grey titanium: There is no risk of visible grey edges or the dark core of the implant showing through.[5]

METAL-FREE & CORROSION RESISTANT

ZERAMEX® ceramic implants offer you reliability: High biocompatibility and corrosion resistance ensure that the zirconium dioxide ceramic used remains stable over the long term.

Furthermore, ceramic implants are not affected by contact with oral bacteria or other dental materials. They also have a lower affinity with plaque - harmful plaque finds less surface adhesion than with titanium implants. This significantly reduces the risk of inflammation around the implant.[7],[12]

CLINICALLY SUCCESSFUL


You can rely on the stability and durability of ZERAMEX® implants: Test results and clinical practice speak for themselves.


A success rate of over 96 percent was observed during the healing process.[80]

QUALITY MADE IN SWITZERLAND

The Swiss company Dentalpoint AG pioneered two-part, metal-free implant solutions with their ZERAMEX® ceramic implants.

Years of experience and innovation make Dentalpoint AG one of the leading suppliers of ceramic implants. All ZERAMEX® implants are produced in Switzerland. 

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What patients say

ZERAMEX® ceramic implants give you a healthy smile – throughout your life.

Why dental implants

Implants serve as artificial tooth roots that provide a firm hold for dentures.

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