Zirconia Dental Implant for an Anodontia Treatment

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Zirconia dental implant - Planning and Procedure

Planning a anodontia (hypodontia) treatment: Advantages of a zirconia dental implant compared to a traditional titanium implant.

Our patient suffered from anodontia (hypodontia) of the lateral incisors. This led to phonetic problems and dysfunction of the occlusion. Above all, the partial anodontia affected the patient’s psychological well-being.

After weighing up all the advantages and disadvantages of the various treatment concepts, the patient and the treatment team decided in favor of two all-ceramic implants from Straumann®.

In addition, the upper central incisors and the two canines were restored with veneers to correct the deviating center line in the upper jaw, to optimize the tooth proportions with regard to phonetics and to adjust the anterior canine guidance.

Traditionally, dental implants have been made from titanium or titanium alloys. Alternatively, zirconia-based implants have been developed with similar characteristics of functional strength and osseointegration. Ceramic implants offer advantages in certain settings in patients who object to metal dental implants.

In the presented case:

For the treatment of the anodontia new Monotype 3.3 mm full ceramic implants of the latest generation were used. The implants were made of zirconia and had a micro-rough surface topography. To our advantage the ZLA™ surface by Straumann®  has similar properties to the well-known SLA surface.

Learn more about the treatment concept in our tutorials and publications!

Straumann Ceramic Implant - Placement and Abutment

Straumann PURE Ceramic Implant

Zirconia is with less plaque accumulation a metal-free alternative to titanium implants.

Yttria stabilized tetragonal zirconia

Since 2004, the survival rates of commercially available (CA) implants had significantly improved compared to NCA implants. CA one-piece zirconia implants showed similar 1- and 2-year mean survival rates and marginal bone loss after 1 year compared with published data for titanium implants.

Nineteen final publications from thirteen investigations were included. The results from the meta‐analysis indicated that zirconia abutments (Zi) experienced less increase in BOP values over time and less plaque accumulation when compared with titanium abutments.

Zirconia Dental Implant by Straumann - Light Transmission

Zirconia Implants – Light transmission

These zirconia implants not only offer biological advantages.

Some additional advantages in certain patients and situations are for example when esthetic light transmission effects the outcome, especially in situations with limited implant space.


Zirconia Dental Implant Result - Straumann 3.3mm Monotype

Light index

An innovative solution that helps you to meet the needs of your patients!

This ceramic implant system is the result of more than 12 years of relentless research and development until the implant complied with premium quality standards. It combines Swiss quality, precision, strength and clinical success in an innovative solution that helps you to meet the needs of your patients.


Treatment Team: Prof. Dr. Michael Gahlert, Dr. Reza Saeidi Pour, Otto Prandtner, MDT




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Glass ionomer cement removal with Ketac Cem

This video shows a Ketac Cem glass ionomer cement removal from restorations luted to Ceramic Monotype Implant abutments with subgingival margins.

Conventional glass-ionomers cements are considered safe from allergic reactions because there is no rest monomers in the material composition. The main disadvantage of glass ionomer sealants or cements has been inadequate retention. However, in terms of cement removal it is a huge advantage. 

Straumann Ceramic Implant - Results

Zirconia dental implant – Review

Straumann PURE Ceramic Monotype implants show excellent survival and success rates.

The 3.3mm PURE Ceramic Implant Monotype in narrow single-tooth gaps in the maxilla and mandible region is a great implant solution.

Click here for a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Zirconia compared to titanium dental implants in preclinical studies Roehling S, Schlegel KA, Woelfler H, Gahlert M.

Click here for the case report by Dr. Michael Gahlert