How Zirconium Advances in Dental Treatments are Used
One thing few people think of when the time comes to get dental implants is the materials used to make them. When some people do think about this regarding the advances in dental treatments, one frightening thought that enters their minds is: are dental implants radioactive? As holistic dental professionals, Dr. Rawa S. Hassan, DDS, and her staff at TLC Dentistry in Dunedin, Florida, understand these concerns. And as a holistic dental office, TLC only practices advances in dental treatments that do not put patients at risk.
Is Radioactivity in All Things?
Technically speaking, almost every element that can be found in nature has some measurable level of radioactivity associated with it. Even the seemingly innocuous things that we put in our bodies almost every day, such as water, milk, vegetables, and meat. This may come as a surprise to many, but it explains why many materials used in dentistry today do have minimal traces of radioactivity. This is includes Zirconium based implants.
Why Use Zirconium?
Zirconium is an element commonly used in equipment used for today’s advances in dental treatments, as well as dental implants. It can contain several different types of radioactive isotopes. The levels used in holistic dental practices are low. Advances in dental treatments are making implants safer, even those that still use elements and materials that may be slightly radioactive.
Using Zirconium in relation to today’s advances in dental treatments involves the use of only the highest purity of raw Zirconia available. Oral implants are made only from a highly purified form of Zirconia that has extremely low radiation levels. Reputable holistic dental practices like TLC Dentistry will always declare the use of Zirconium and willingly provide information about any potential risks to patients.
The use of radioactive compounds in dental ceramics made popular in the advances in dental treatments is the result of attempts to achieve as close of a likeness to human dentine as possible. Human dentine is naturally very bright in color and is a stark white in color. As advances in dental treatments have progressed, technology that duplicates this characteristic in dental implants has found Zirconium to be an excellent material. Zirconium mixtures are refined forms of naturally occurring ores, notably zircon, which usually contain trace amounts of other elements. It is these miniscule, trace levels that cause many dental implants to be technically listed as radioactive.
Are Dental Implants Radioactive to a Degree That They are Dangerous?
No. In today’s advances in dental treatments, there have been very few proven instances of negative side affects coming about as a result of the trace levels of radioactive materials. The levels of radiation recorded in several of the commercially available forms of Zirconia powder that are commonly used to manufacture implants have been tested and documented with a rating of minimal, and well below acceptable limits of radiation.
Several worldwide institutions confirm that the use of Zirconium in today’s advances in dental treatments and other medical applications are safe and effective. The Radiation Health Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, for example, has done extensive research on this topic, and now deems that the form of Zirconia used in artificial hip joints have very little risk and pose no major hazard to surrounding tissue.
Many dental implants use this same type of Zirconia. In the United States, the primary raw material used in the manufacture of Zirconium Dioxide is Zircon Silicate (ZrSiO4), which is rendered into a higher form of purity (ZrO2) when melted with coke and lime. Since extremely pure initial products and materials are used to make high grade Zirconia in today’s advances in dental treatments, like dental implants, the risk of harmful levels of radiation are very slim.
Advances in dental treatments are making it easier than ever to derive pure forms of these alloys and isotopes, thus creating a higher quality material that is safer and more effectively useful in dental implants.
Where Does the Radiation Go?
For those still worried about the question of are dental implants radioactive, there is good news. Research has shown that, in today’s advances in dental treatments, the levels of radiation are so small that the radiation is absorbed by the surrounding inert materials used in the implants. This means little to no radiator actually affects the tissue or harms the body in any way.
Overall, Zirconium implants are very durable, resist breaking, and wear and tear, which also ensures any radioactive elements are not leached into the surrounding tissues. They are an ideal implant option for anyone whose immune systems are irregular, or for patients who may have metal allergies. Zirconium implants used in today’s advances in dental treatments are far more durable, and are also capable of holding up to the extreme changes in temperature found in the human mouth. This allows durable, attractive implants to be made.
Contact TLC About Today’s Advances in Dental Treatments
Are dental implants radioactive? While most dental implants and materials used in dental procedures have trace levels of radioactive elements, they do not pose any real threat or harm to the human body in any way. Modern advances in dental treatments have made it easier to get realistic looking dental implants and to continue enjoying a normal life with a full set of teeth.
So take a deep breath and get back to enjoying your life. Call TLC Dentistry at (727) 785-2467 today to find out how we can help you with our wide range of dental implant and dental care services!