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Zirconia Dental Implants

March 21st, 2017

Since dental implants first started being implemented in the 1980s, they have been primarily made of titanium. Recent advances in implant technology have allowed dental implant manufacturers to shift from all-metal implants, to part-metal and part-ceramic implants, to the newer all-ceramic or zirconia implants.

Zirconia implants are made of high-impact resistant ceramic called tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (ZrO2+Y2O3). They remedy many of the issues and complaints doctors and patients have with traditional metal implants and have several advantages—let’s take a look at some of them.

Advantages of Zirconia Implants

  • Do not cause allergic reactions – Although titanium is considered non-toxic, some people still have allergic reactions to titanium. Zirconia implants are inert, non-corrosive, and hypoallergenic.
  • Have been used for decades in medical applications – Millions of patients have had zirconia used safely and effectively as the base material for their hip replacements. The zirconia used for medical applications also undergoes strict radiation monitoring to ensure its safety for use within the body.
  • They are incredibly strong – Unlike titanium implants, zirconia offers a much higher degree of resistance to scratching, corrosion, and fracture. The aerospace industry even uses zirconia (ZrO2) due to its high resistance to heat and fracture. This all means a safer and more aesthetically pleasing result for the patient.
  • One-piece design is more hygienic – Zirconia implants are a one-piece design, meaning there is nowhere for bacteria to build up or liquids to penetrate like with titanium implants. They are highly biocompatible (how a material reacts with the human body) which leads to healthier gums and no risk of corrosion.
  • Implant margin is at gum not bone level – With titanium implants the margin (or gap between the implant and the tooth) is at bone level, which can lead to bacterial buildup since you can’t brush there. The zirconia implant margin, which is at gum level, allows you to brush and clean your implant and restoration regularly.

If you are in need of a restorative dental implant, it would be wise to consider zirconia due to its many advantages. It might not work in every situation, but feel free to discuss your options with Dr. Marshall Clayton or one of our Scottsdale, AZ staff members.

Patient Reviews

March 16th, 2017

Thanks to our wonderful patients for your kind words! Take a look at this week's reviews below.

"Dr. Clayton made me feel SO comfortable after a horrible prior dental experience. His whole staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. I will be recommending him to family and friends." -Kathryn C.

"I really appreciated the ease of getting my crown re-cemented on in conjunction with my cleaning appointment. Great customer service! I also really appreciate the early morning appointment times to fit around my work schedule. Thank you!" -David K.

"I recommend everyone to Dr. Clayton. He is approachable and professional along with his staff. Based on his humility and not always the expert creates for a trusting environment. I've had issues with my implant. Dr. Clayton and his staff have my back!" -Janet M.

"I appreciated most the fact that I didn't have to wait......I arrived early, and saw the staff member on time." -Natalie H.

"I recommend Dr. Clayton every time I have an opportunity to do so." -Mark P.

"Kit does a great job taking care of me. She's professional and efficient. I enjoy seeing her every three months." -Terry U.

"Great dentist (Dr. Clayton), hygienist (Kitt), and staff behind the desk (Jan and Alicia)!!" -Stuart G.

"Our entire family goes to Dr. Clayton. The doctor and his staff are very competent and professional. The facility is clean and actually relaxing." -Dale B.

"As a new patient with an emergency repair things could not have gone better. I appreciate the service and professionalism." -Dale K.

"Does the fact that I'm now driving up from SOUTH Chandler indicate my feelings about Dr. Clayton and his staff? :)" -Kyle G.

St. Patrick's Day: Celtic pride, green shamrocks, and lucky charms!

March 14th, 2017

“St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time -- a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic.” Adrienne Cook

Lucky green shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots of gold – it must be St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re not Irish, how do you go about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? It’s easy: You just put on one of those tall leprechauns hats, dress in green from head to toe, and wear one of those carefree pins that say “Kiss Me, I’m Irish”. On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish, and that is the universal beauty of the holiday. Celtic pride does not discriminate.

Wondering what our team at Pinnacle Peak Dentistry is doing to celebrate March 17th? Well, we’ve thought about doing everything from handing out lucky gold coins (you know, the fake ones that are made of chocolate) to shamrock stickers. Maybe we’ll even give away green toothbrushes and floss! You’ll never know unless you come in to see Dr. Marshall Clayton !

All kidding aside, St. Patrick’s Day is an important cultural and religious holiday. There are lavish parades and church services across Ireland on March 17th. Over time, however, the holiday has developed into a day to observe Irish culture in general. In places like England and the United States, where there is a large Irish Diaspora, the holiday has greater significance than other countries. From the streets of Boston to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, it is a day of celebration, and many Americans of Irish descent will cook up a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage.

So, to all of you with Irish ancestry, and to all of you who have decided to be Irish for the day, our office wishes you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Good luck looking for a pot of leprechaun gold, which is said to exist at the end of the rainbow. However, keep away from those sugary Lucky Charms; sweet cereals might taste good, but your kids’ teeth might not be feeling too lucky if they eat it for breakfast every day. Have a great St. Paddy’s Day!

Patient Reviews

March 8th, 2017

Pretty sure we have some of the best patients in town. Thank you all for your feedback!

"There is not one thing I would change. Everything is always top notch and the entire staff are all gems. Thank you for always providing me with having a positive experience." -Luba A.

"I have never been in a nicer dentist office. All of the staff will answer questions and help when needed. I would be more than happy to refer people to your office." -Carol R.

"I have great confidence in the staff and Dr. Clayton." -Gail L.

"My experience with my visits has always been efficient, friendly and stellar in every aspect of business. Jackie, Jan and Dr. Clayton exemplify excellence and customer service." -Patricia H.

"I love the staff - from Dr. Clayton to Jan! Thanks!" -David S.

"I appreciate knowing I will get the best care and the fact that no one tries to sell a variety of things that are really not necessary in regard to dental care." -Marion B.

"I am happy to be back. Your level of customer service has always been excellent! Thank you so much!" -Cheryl T.

"We have been to see Dr. Clayton for over 15 years & have recommended many friends & family to him. He always takes time with each visit to answer questions & never recommends any treatment that is not necessary and does not over-charge. Staff is A+!" -Sharon P.

"As a "dentaphobe," everyone at this practice has been nothing but understanding and helpful!!" -Janet K.

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