Even the ancient Persians called lustrous white-gold and the colour of dazzling clear jewels “Zargun”. For a long time mankind has known Zirconium as a natural deposit. This “white gold” – which scientifically ranks as element 40 - was actually discovered in 1789 by the scientist Klaproth from Berlin. Swiss scientists have developed zirconium to a revolutionary dental material. Zirconium porcelain is based on zirconium oxide: it is a material which throughout the world meets the highest standards in highly critical areas of space travel, hip prosthetics and automotive engineering. With its extreme durability and flexural strength zirconium comes straight from space into your oral cavity. With computer-controlled milling using CAD/CAM it is now possible to utilise this extremely robust material for implants. Zirconium oxide is the optimal material for extreme situations and it is known in science. For example it is contained in the heat shields of space shuttles, in the brake pads of racing cars, also in hip prosthetics. With its extreme durability and almost indestructible strength, zirconium comes straight from space into your oral cavity. The computer-supported processing techniques are due to the Swiss team of scientists under Prof. Schärer. The German Degussa Dental has now introduced this procedure to us, specialists of implantology.
HIGH TECH DENTAL PROSTHESIS OR IMPLANTS - METAL-FREE AND BIOCOMPATIBLE
Implantology itself is already a ground-breaking success and progress in dentistry. Now a further, revolutionary step has been taken into the future: implants with zirconium. So far, implants with pure titanium could be used – but now the patient may opt for metal-free implants made of zirconium oxide. A few important health advantages are provided by this alternative: No allergic reactions - enormous fracture strength and no corrosion - extreme stress resistance - resistance against any type of acid. Zirconium is a bad chemical and electrical conductor and can thus resist any temperature changes without problems. Research has proven the neutrality of zirconium. While pure titanium may exert negative biological influences, this is not the case with zirconium oxide. Titanium implants lack translucence and a metallic grey shine is visible near the gingival margins. Zirconium has become the white gold of implantology; and an ideal solution for patients with a metal intolerance.