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A great professor and mentor Dr. Alejandro Kleinman is retiring from Loma Linda University’s Graduate Program in Implant Dentistry. Prof. Kleinman was instrumental in Dr. Noumbissi’s decision and selection to attend the program in 1999. In his honor the Robert A. James Society of Implant Dentistry is hosting an Implant Dentistry Alumni Symposium that will take place at Loma Linda University in the Randall’s Visitor Center on Monday June 9, 2014. Dr Noumbissi was invited and accepted to speak at this event along with other graduates of the program.
Functional, safe and aesthetic replacement of dentition has long been a challenge for dentistry. The lectures objectives were to provide the delegates and specialty residents with a high-level and comprehensive overview of the fastest growing addition to dental implantology; Metal free zirconia dental implants. Zirconia has been, and continues to be, widely used in restorative dentistry.
Today, manufacturing processes have been developed making high performing, quality all-zirconia implants for use in single unit, multi-unit and edentulous treatment plans. Zirconia is an inert bioceramic which has excellent biomechanical properties, does not conduct heat, retains no plaque and unlike titanium it is not susceptible to galvanic activity or corrosion in the oral environment.
Dr. Noumbissi was invited to be a keynote speaker at the 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Dental and Oral health. This conference was held at the Crown Plaza Hotel Dubai in the United Arab Emirates from April 21 to 23, 2014. The theme of Dr. Noumbissi presentation was “All Ceramic Implantology with Zirconia Dental Implants: Rationale and Clinical outcomes”. On April 22, 2014 Dr. Noumbissi introduced ceramic implants to the Dubai School of Dental Medicine. In attendance were thirty residents and faculty from the oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics and endodontics specialty departments. The topic presented was “Zirconia Dental Implants: A Viable Alternative to Titanium Implants”
Dr. Noumbissi Speaks at the ANOSGA-CMF/GADEF 2nd Annual International Congress of Odonto-Stomatologists in Libreville, Gabon.
With the support of the Gabonese Health Ministry and Z-systems Switzerland, the Gabonese Dental Association (ANOSGA-CMF) and the Francophone Dental Associations Group (GADEF) held their second international congress. Dr. Noumbissi was invited as a guest speaker and gave the first ever seminar in metal free ceramic implantology on the African continent. This event was attended by 180 dentists representing all francophone Africa countries and France. With the rise in reports of metal sensitivity as a result of metal implants, zirconia implants have steadily and will continue to be in greater demand. Unfortunately today the demand for these metal free implants is mainly driven by consumer/patients. Dr. Noumbissi goal with his presentation was to inform, educate and heighten seasoned and aspiring implantologists on the relevance of ceramic dental implants which in many more cases than initially thought are the only option for people who elect to replace their teeth with dental implants but also for the dentists delivering implant care. Dr. Noumbissi introduced the concept of zirconia implantology, the viability and durability of zirconia implants and the health benefits that come along with a metal free tooth replacement modality.
On April 21, 2014, Dr. Noumbissi will be a Key Note speaker at the 2nd annual Dental & Oral Health conference in Dubai. He will be lecturing about zirconia as ceramic dental implants.
Title: All Ceramic Implantology with Zirconia Dental Implants: Rationale, Case Selection, Treatment Planning and Clinical outcomes.
Following in the footsteps of medical orthopedics, the last decade has seen zirconia the tetragonal crystal phase of zirconium become an acceptable and proven material of choice in dentistry. Zirconia abutments on metal implants have been widely used especially when aesthetics are of concern and mainly because of the exceptional soft tissue response. Reaseach is increasingly proving that not all patients are physiologically able to accept or tolerate metal implants as such the search for an alternative to titanium and titanium alloy implants has been active for over twenty years. Bioceramics such as Y-TZP Zirconia have emerged as the alternative of choice in dental implantology. Zirconia is an inert bioceramic which has excellent biomechanical properties, does not conduct heat, retains no plaque and it is not susceptible to galvanic activity or corrosion in the oral environment. Most ceramic implants today are one-piece therefore case planning, surgical technique, post-surgical monitoring, restorative options and materials are critical for long term case success. This presentation will first cover zirconia as an implant material and the reasons why and instances when it should be the material of choice for implantation. Second through clinical case presentations decision trees on case selection, treatment planning and surgical protocol will be presented.
With great pride and honor, we want to announce that on January 23, 2014, Dr. Noumbissi and Miles of Smiles Implant Dentistry were invited and accepted to join the highly select group of implant dentists and dental implantology practices called Leading Implant Centers. Members are implantologists and centers that have achieved the highest education and certification level in dental implantology. Members are selected based on their education, training and contribution to dental implantology.
To View Dr. Noumbissi’s full listing with Leading Implant Centers please click on the logo above or follow this link: http://bit.ly/LIC-Miles-of-Smiles-Silver-Spring
Dr. Noumbissi Organizes and Speaks at the World’s First Metal-Free Implantology Congress- Miami 2014
Under the leadership of its founding president Dr. Sammy Noumbissi, the International Academy of Ceramic Implantology (IAOCI) held its winter congress in Miami, on January 24 and 25, 2014 . In attendance were delegates from 11 states in the USA, the UK, France, Japan, Germany, Spain, Jamaica, Canada, and Switzerland!
Our world-renowned and expert speakers included Drs. Elizabeth Valentine-Thon, Dan Hagi, Josep Oliva, Sammy Noumbissi, Andrea Mombelli, Stephen Evans, Ralf Luettmann, Judson Wall, Noriaki Honma, Mr. Taylor Hunter from Aurum Dental Laboratories and Mr. Jared Young from Big Diastema Marketing.
We want to thank Z-Systems USA, Ceraroot Implants, Aurum Dental Laboratories, Albensi Dental Laboratories, Zeramex Ceramic Implants, Lasers for Dentistry, Healthier Smiles Dental and TAV ceramic Implants for their gracious support.
This year featured one of the best curricula ever for a dental implant event and the information shared was bar-none. If you weren’t able to make it this year, you won’t want to miss next year’s event, we are now beginning to go through the 48 hours of video footage we recorded and will soon be making those DVDs available to anyone interested in learning more about Zirconia Dental implants.
Next Year’s congress will be held again in Florida during the last week of February 2015, more details to come soon!!
Thank you to Ms. Ronetta Jones who worked tirelessly to make this happen and everyone who helped make it possible!
Sammy Noumbissi DDS MS
Zirconia Implants a Viable Alternative Seminar Lead by Drs. Bobbie Beckman and Sammy Noumbissi November 7 & 8, 2013
On Thursday and Friday November 7 and 8, 2013 we successfully completed our two-day fall session zirconia implantology training and certification course. In attendance were six doctors from Maryland, Washington DC and Europe (Italy). Was also in attendance Mr. Don Albensi, CEO of Albensi Dental Laboratories in Pittsburg Pennsylvania. This course on the zirconia ceramic dental implants was focused on zirconia as an implant material, its properties and uses in metal free implantology. Emphasis was also placed on case selection, advanced clinical and radiographic diagnostics, treatment planning and guided surgery. On Thursday Dr. Bobbie Beckman gave an amazing presentation on 15 years experience with ceramic implants across four different zirconia implant systems.
Congratulations to Drs. Rupert Clark, William Lanza, William Milton, Gary Lucombe, Marlene Saint-Phard, Marylin Legasperi and Terri Victor who attended this course. Very Much thanks to Z-Systems USA and Albensi Dental Laboratories for their support.
Sammy Noumbissi DDS MS
For the last two decades, the use of dental implants as a method of teeth replacement has seen an exponential growth. The predominant material used for dental implants for the last forty plus years has been titanium and titanium alloys. Both titanium and titanium alloys are metals and with the increase in implant procedures there has been a rise in reports of sensitivity and reactions to such materials.
In the early eighties and in light of the increased reports of metal sensitivity and symptoms in people implanted with metal alloys, the search began for an alternative to metal for dental and orthopedic implants. Various materials were and continue to be tested and evaluated. With regards to dental implantology following in the footsteps of medical orthopedics twenty five years prior, zirconia aka zirconium dioxide is now a reliable and acceptable non-metal material for dental implantation. Zirconia is also used to make metal free crowns and bridges in restorative dentistry and dental laboratories in the United States have reported an exponential rise in the use of zirconia by dentists in the last ten years especially on posterior teeth of bruxers. Today zirconia has emerged as a truly biocompatible and most importantly bio-inert implant material in dentistry. Contrary to popular belief both among many clinicians and the public, zirconia is not a metal and not prone to breakage and fracture. Zirconia is the crystal form of the metal zirconium just like alumina is for aluminum. As a matter of fact if you look at the periodic table of elements in chemistry below, zirconium, aluminum and even titanium are in a group called transition metals (second row and second column in the yellow area), however the titanium used to make implants is used in its metal phase . That means that after extraction from the earth, upon certain specific, highly sophisticated and complex treatment such as Yttria stabilization and transformation protocols such as HIP (Hot Isostatic Press), zirconium is converted into its crystal phase which is non-metal and ceramic. Therefore the ceramic phase of the transitional metal zirconium is zirconia which is also called zirconium dioxide and used to manufacture bio-inert, biocompatible and structurally stable zirconia dental implants.
Are Metal Free Implants Better Than Titanium Implants?
Owing to its biocompatibility, low density and ability to withstand abuse ceramics are a far superior product when compared to metal for implantation in the human body, and an excellent choice for dental implant surgery.
All-ceramic dental crown placed over an all-ceramic dental implant look and function very much like the natural tooth and they provide metal-free restoration, eliminating concerns of allergies and biocompatibility issues thereby lessening potential for damage to the immune system. The term ‘ceramics’ applies to a wide range of materials that, when compared to traditionally used metal implants, are harder and have higher temperature resistance, strength, lower density and excellent resistance to corrosion. These properties make ceramics invaluable for use in the oral environment where high temperature, corrosion and constant abrasion is ever present.
While dental implants are usually made of titanium, materials such as aluminum and vanadium are often alloyed or blended with the titanium which can create issues of allergy, galvanism and potentially impair the immune system in a number of ways. When differing metals are placed in the mouth or directly into the jaw bone as with a dental implant, those metals will eventually begin to secrete by-products from the oxidization process and are then circulated throughout the body.
Zirconia dental implants are now being introduced into the United States as an alternative to metal implants and they have been used quite successfully in Europe for some time. The advantage of these implants is that they are ceramic, and thus there is no concern of corrosion. Zirconia is not to be confused with Zirconium which is a metal placed just below titanium on the periodic table. Zirconium oxide is the product now being used for the production of dental implants and this is the ceramic called Zirconia.
When patients exhibit overall healthfulness and are generally of a robust constitution, they tend to tolerate implants very well, but before considering something as serious as an implant procedure, a full health assessment is in order. In conjunction with assessing the patient’s physical state and ability to heal from surgery, most holistic dental practices are also concerned about the acupuncture meridian upon which the implant is placed. Every tooth in the mouth is located on an acupuncture meridian, and therefore can potentially affect specific organs, muscles, vertebrae and tissues. Although Zirconia implants are preferable over metal implants for their biocompatibility factors there may still be some concern over how these implants affect the meridians, and so for example; placing an implant on the breast meridian of a woman who has a family history of breast cancer may not be prudent.
Another consideration in whether or not to place implants for a particular patient has to do with whether or not they grind their teeth which might cause damage to the zirconia over time. Habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco may also negatively affect the long-term success of implants. And ultimately, patients with implants must be conscientious in about maintaining good oral hygiene.
A reproduction of a tooth’s root is inserted in the jaw and over time, the implanted “root” bonds with the bone of the jaw. In other words, ceramic dental implants readily allow the bone to grow right up to the implant surface and is held securely in place by the bone. This process typically takes four to six months to completely heal before the restoration can be finished.
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