This article was first published by Digital Dentistry & Healthcare Knowledge
Esthetic Rehabilitation with Zirconia Dental Implant on a Complex Pathology Patient
Author: Luis A. Alicea DMD, MSD
The zirconia dental implants have several advantages over titanium implants. The zirconia implant is a high strength ceramic not a metal material, white in color and not visible through the gum tissue, offering a more aesthetically pleasing option for patients. Also, the ceramic is a more biocompatible material that will not corrode over time as other dental implants metal materials. so particles from corrosion are not emitted into the body as a foreign body
Holistic alternative to titanium Implants, ideal for patients with metal allergies. The osseointegration of the zirconia implant is similar as the titanium dental implant. Zirconia dental implant and zirconia dental prosthesis are more resistant to harbor less initially adherent (plaque).
About the Author
Dr. Luis A. Alicea was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He pursued studies at the University of Puerto Rico, School of Dentistry. He then completed his Masters Degree, and Prosthodontic residency at that campus, where he focused his training in the placement, and restoration of Dental Implants. He has taught as an Associate Professor in the Research, and Restorative Departments at the University of Puerto Rico, and continues to hold privileges as a professor Ad Honorem in that institution. Dr. Alicea also completed additional training towards certification as an IV Sedation provider, at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
Dr. Alicea is a member of the Peer Review Committee for “The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants”, and regularly reviews articles prior to publication for this Journal. He is a also member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American College of Prosthodontics, Florida Prosthodontic Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Academy of Osseointegration, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, West Coast District Dental Association, Hillsborough County Dental Association, and also participates in the Seattle Study Club.
Dr. Alicea has an undeniable passion, and dedication for the dental profession. He has been practicing in the Greater Tampa bay area since 2007. He likes to give back to the community and participates of Dentistry from the Heart events. He loves spending time with his wife, daughter and twin sons.