Dental Implants in Encinitas

Metal-Free, Biocompatible, Holistic

ZIRCONIA dental implants

At our practice, we pride ourselves on providing holistic dental implant options for those that want not only to take care of their teeth but their entire body. Dr. Vane is highly-trained in the art and science behind implant dentistry, and is dedicated to using only the highest-quality, biocompatible materials available. If you have a missing tooth and looking to improve your oral health, visit our dental practice in Encinitas.Feel free to ask about zirconia implants at your next visit.

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benefits of zirconia implants


Metal-free Zirconia implants are made from a material called zirconium oxide, and since there is no metal in them, there is no potential for allergic reactions. The tissue really loves them!

We consider oral health part of overall health and utilize only the best biocompatible materials and minimally invasive techniques.

better looking

Since the titanium implants are white, they are more aesthetically pleasing than titanium implants which can display darker, dull colors, even through the restoration.

We consider oral health part of overall health and utilize only the best biocompatible materials and minimally invasive techniques.

Corrosion & Bacteria Resistant

Zirconia dental implants are highly resistant to corrosion. Some studies suggest that bacteria (plaque) don’t grow as well on zirconium as opposed to titanium.

We consider oral health part of overall health and utilize only the best biocompatible materials and minimally invasive techniques.

highly durable

Zirconia is a highly durable material and will not break or chip. This means you can permanently enjoy your smile without worrying about changing your diet or oral hygiene routine.

We consider oral health part of overall health and utilize only the best biocompatible materials and minimally invasive techniques.

our dental implant process


the fixture

The fixture is placed into the empty socket, right into the bone to maintain your jaw bone’s function. 

Eventually, the bone heals around the screw threads in a process called osseointegration, where the fixture essentially becomes solid with the bone.


the abutment

Since the fixture is below the gum line, an abutment will be placed into the threads of that fixture.  

The abutment is the “post” that the cap will be placed to restore. This keeps it highly secure as it’s permanently fused to your jaw.


the crown

Finally, the crown is placed on the abutment.

Over time, the tissue adapts around the implant/crown, and at the end of the day, it feels just like your natural tooth.


Our priority is to keep you informed, every step of the way. Here are a few questions that our patients frequently ask.

How long do zirconia implants last?

Since zirconia is sturdy and durable, zirconia implants can last for decades, and sometimes even a lifetime with proper maintenance.

Do zirconia implants break?

Statistically speaking, zirconia implants break only about 1% of the time. This is highly minimal compared to other materials but it’s still important to go to a dentist in Encinitas, CA who knows what they are doing. At Moonlight Beach Dental, Dr. Vane and her team specifically specialize in zirconia implants, so you know you are getting the best results possible.

Can zirconia dental implants stain?

Zirconia dental implants won't stain, chip, or break so you can rest assured your smile will look and feel beautiful.

Who is a suitable candidate for zirconia dental implants?

Ideal candidates for zirconia dental implants are those who are missing one or more teeth due to injury, periodontal disease, or any other cause. However, candidacy for dental implants is not just about missing teeth; there are other factors to consider.

First, the patient's overall health is crucial. Those with uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease, diabetes, smoking, alcoholism, or who are undergoing cancer treatment may not be suitable candidates. These conditions can affect the healing process after the implant surgery.

Second, the quality and quantity of the patient's jawbone are also important. If the bone is not thick enough or is of insufficient density, it may not be able to support an implant. This is common in patients who have been missing teeth for a long time, or who have certain health conditions like osteoporosis. In such cases, patients might need bone grafting before they can have the implant surgery.

Lastly, the patient's commitment to oral hygiene and regular dental visits is vital. Implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups.

What are the benefits of choosing zirconia implants over other materials?

Zirconia dental implants come with a host of benefits that make them an attractive option.

Firstly, zirconia is known for its durability. It's as strong as titanium, which is commonly used in traditional implants, but has the added advantage of being metal-free. This makes it an excellent choice for patients who have metal allergies or sensitivities.

Secondly, zirconia implants are biocompatible, meaning they're not harmful or toxic to living tissues. They also integrate well with the jawbone, which can help to prevent bone loss around the implant site.

Thirdly, zirconia implants have a natural, tooth-like color, which makes them a more aesthetically pleasing choice than metal implants. They won't show through the gums like metal implants sometimes can.

Finally, some studies suggest that zirconia implants may gather less plaque than titanium ones. This could potentially lead to a lower risk of gum disease around the implant site.

Do zirconia dental implants have a natural appearance?

Yes, one of the significant advantages of zirconia dental implants is their natural appearance. Unlike metal implants, zirconia has a light, tooth-like color. This means that it won't show through the gums, which can sometimes happen with metal implants, especially in patients with thin or receding gums.

Furthermore, zirconia implants come in a one-piece design. This means there's no metal abutment (connector) showing above the gum line, as there is with two-piece titanium implants. The result is a more seamless, natural-looking transition from the implant to the artificial tooth.

In short, due to their color and design, zirconia implants can blend in more naturally with your existing teeth, providing a more aesthetically pleasing solution to missing teeth than metal implants.

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