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Once zirconia dental implants have been placed in bone they need to be protected from early micro and macro movements. Furthermore during the four to five months of implant integration both for esthetic and functional purposes, clinician and patient have a need for protective appliances. Such appliances will vary based on multiple factors such as occlusion, finances and area of implant placement to name a few. The second aspect of teeth replacement with one-piece zirconia implants is the choice of adequate materials for cementation and definitive prosthetics. With a combination of lectures and live restorative demonstrations this course will focus on the prosthetic aspects of zirconia implantology. This course is designed to provide the clinician with the ability to predictably and confidently protect one-piece zirconia dental implants immediately after implant placement and during bone integration. The lecture material will cover selection of ceramics for predictable restoration of zirconia implants, how to select appropriate materials for priming and bonding of zirconia to zirconia and other ceramics leading up to cementation as well as cement selection.
This course will include in-depth coverage of:
- Zirconia as a dental implant material.
- Bonding mechanism of zirconia.
- Soft and hard tissue assessment prior to implantation.
- Learn about appropriate prosthetic treatment planning.
- Selection of temporization modality for one-piece zirconia implants.
- Immediate, delayed and protective temporization techniques.
- Selection of permanent restorative materials.
- Restorative methods and materials.
- Achieving superior aesthetic results.
This course will enable you to:
- Recognize indications for successful metal free teeth replacement.
- Site preparation and/or preservation for optimal prosthetic results.
- Learn how to select and the indications for different temporization techniques.
- Utilize CBCT and virtual implant planning software to increase case success.
- Appropriate selection of permanent restorative materials.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
|7:30 am||Registration/Continental Breakfast|
|8:00 am||Zirconia as an osseointegrated implant material|
|10:15 am||Zirconia as a restorative material|
|12:00 pm||Lunch (provided)|
|1:00 pm||Prosthetically driven implant planning and selection|
|3:00 pm||Temporization techniques and their indications|
|4:30 pm||End of Day 1|
Friday, March 29, 2013
|7:30 am||Registration/Continental Breakfast|
|8:00 am||Restorative materials and methods|
|10:30 am||Review of multi level zirconia cases from start to finish|
|12:00 pm||Lunch (provided)|
|1:00 pm||Live Restorative case review: from surgery to permanent restoration|
|2:30 pm||Live restorative demonstration|
|4:30 pm||Discussion/ end of Course|
The Zirconia Implantology Program will be held at Miles of Smiles Implant Dentistry located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Sessions on both days will start at 8 a.m. and end around 5 p.m. Lodging information will be sent upon receipt of your registration.
CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES:
Full refunds may be granted only if notification is received no later than March 20, 2012. Cancellation after this time will result in a $350 processing fee. We cannot assume responsibility for losses due to participant travel arrangements.
This is a two-day course, 12 CE (continued education) credits will be awarded and full tuition for both days is $599. International Academy of Ceramic Implantology Members (IAOCI) save $100.
Full Tuition: $599.00
IAOCI Member: $499.00
New IAOCI Members: FREE (With first time one-year membership $395.00)
If you are not yet a member of the IAOCI you can sign up for a one year membership ($395.00) at www.IAOCI.com/join. All IAOCI memberships will be verified before you are enrolled in the course. This course has limited space and only eight doctors will be able to attend this session.
For further information please call Christine at 774-992-4096 to register.
Multidimensional Medicine and Metal-Free Implant Dentistry Course: Silver Spring, Maryland February 21 & 22 2013
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), states that “Integrative Medicine combines mainstream medical therapies and complimentary and alternative medical therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness.” An alternative medicine that is used in conjunction with a conventional one is known as a “complementary” medicine. An example of such practice is when patients undergoing chemotherapy use natural ginger syrup to prevent nausea. In 2007 a comprehensive National Health Interview Survey was conducted on the use by American adults of complementary alternative medicine which is also known as CAM. The results showed that approximately 38 percent of adults surveyed use CAM. In dentistry dental implants are a “conventional” or a mainstream dental therapy and currently the vast majority of implant dentists use conventional medical therapies such as surgery, synthetic drugs and titanium implants to manage healing and achieve bone integration and effectively replace teeth.
There is an overuse of synthetic drugs to manage patients recovery after implant surgery and this has led to many surgeons and other practitioners to underestimate their patients ability to self heal. This can only happen if they are detoxed and their immune system properly restored and empowered. Today an increasing number of people are choosing healthier lifestyles, alternative medicine and are more and more reluctant to accept metals to be implanted in their bodies. They also increasingly resist the idea of synthetic drugs-only options to treat or prevent health problems. Dental and medical research show there is increasing evidence that medical and dental metal implants will corrode and trigger various types of health problems in some individuals including metal sensitivity, metal toxicity, delayed healing after implant surgery, and even delayed implant failure many years after implantation.
Miles of Smiles Implant Dentistry is presenting this unique two-day course where multidimensional medicine and holistic dental implantology intersect. This program is designed to demonstrate the intimate correlation between multidimensional medicine and successful zirconia (ceramic) implant surgery. The first goal of this course is to enable the participants to understand and appreciate the critical interrelationship that exists between a clean body, a boosted immune system and optimal recovery from implant surgery. As such during consultation the doctor will be taught how to obtain relevant information from the patient and determine what type of pre and post surgical detoxification and immune boosting protocols to request from the multidimensional physician. Protocols as simple as timely IV administration of targeted vitamins and minerals make a significant difference in patient recovery allowing for optimal, fast healing and ultimate success of dental implants. The second objective of this program is also to present top to bottom natural, drug free protocols and methods of metal-free tooth replacement with ceramic implants.
This course will enable participants to:
- Obtain proper medical history.
- Order the right pre and post surgery immune boosting and repair protocols.
- Understand the importance of detoxification prior to implant surgery.
- Understand the rationale behind the use of zirconia as a dental implant material.
- Recognize indications for successful placement and integration of zirconia dental implants.
- Proper and predictable selection of temporization techniques for one-piece zirconia implants.
- Appropriate selection of permanent restorative materials.
- Use of natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible.
- Appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing response after implant surgery.
Dr. Sakiliba M. Mines, MD is an Integrative Family Physician. She has been a pioneer in Integrative Medicine, practicing for over 30 years. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry -Nutrition at Spellman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and her Medical Doctorate from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her specialty as a Family Physician at Howard University Hospital and currently holds a Doctorate of Integrative Medicine. She is a member and instructor with the International Association of Colon Hydrotherapist, and a member of the American Holistic Medical Association. Dr. Mines is the medical director and founder of The Institute of Multidimensional Medicine and Medical Spa. Dr. Mines utilizes extensive medical diagnostic testing, quantum physics assessments, genetic testing and detoxification and has developed natural and holistic protocols to optimize patients healing and recovery from medical and oral surgery procedures. Dr. Mines is a researcher who presents the newest information to her patients. Dr. Mines teaches at seminars and lectures nationally and internationally to educate the community and her colleagues.
Dr. Sammy Noumbissi, DDS MS obtained his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Howard University College of Dentistry. After obtaining his DDS, he received formal training in Implant Dentistry at the three-year Graduate Dental Implantology Residency program at Loma Linda University in California. Dr. Noumbissi is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry and a reviewer for the Journal of Oral Implantology and he is active in clinical research and in areas that further the science of Implant Dentistry. Dr. Noumbissi is also a published author and has published abstracts and articles in peer reviewed dental journals. Dr. Noumbissi is founder of Miles of Smiles Institute for Dental Implantology; he lectures extensively and trains dentists nationally and internationally on topics relating to diagnosis and treatment planning and the multiple applications of implants and ceramic dental implants in oral rehabilitation.
Continued education hours: Twelve (12) CEU will be awarded.
Course fee: $599 before February 10, 2013.
Registration: Please call Ms. Ronetta Jones at 301-588-0768
Lodging: Lodging information will be provided upon completion of registration.
Why ceramic dental implants are better than conventional bridges?
When it comes to options for tooth replacement patients are increasingly opting for dental implants over the usual dental prostheses such as dentures or conventionally placed bridges. Since implants sit securely in the jaw and look like natural teeth, they offer superior durability and outstanding aesthetics when compared to conventional bridges. However there is an increasing resistance to metals among people and in implant dentistry there is a shift away from metal or metallic based crowns, partials and implants.
There are four major categories of restorations available for tooth replacement:
Bonded dental bridge
Bonded dental bridges use the teeth adjacent to the empty space to help support the missing tooth by using a very thin piece of metal or tooth-colored material to overlay and bond to the back of the adjacent teeth. A tooth replacement or “dummy tooth” is set between these two bonded pieces in order to fill in the empty space. Failure rate is about 25 percent after just five years of use. Furthermore the gap widens because the bone recedes as a result of no longer having a tooth in place. This ultimately results in the weakening of the adjacent teeth which can become loose and eventually fall out.
Cantilevered dental bridge
A cantilevered restoration uses the closest tooth next to the empty space to support the missing tooth using the either the back of the neighboring tooth or a full crown to help support the missing tooth. Success rate is higher than with a bonded bridge depending on how much pressure the actual replacement endures due to grinding and normal wear. This method of tooth replacement has fallen out of favor because the supporting tooth gets torqued and fatigued and more often than not eventualy fractures.
Conventional dental bridge
Getting fitted for a dental bridge requires shaving down and modifying of the teeth on either side the space where the tooth or teeth are missing. This is done in order to fit a conventional bridge. This is a process that significantly weakens the ground teeth and sets them up for fracture and root canals in the future. Unfortunately conventional dental bridges predictably fail at a range from 20 percent over 3 years to 3 percent over 23 years. With dental implants the dentist does not need to affect the health or longevity of neighboring teeth at all. Once placed, implants are firmly set into the bone making them more natural than dentures or conventional bridges, with none of the shifting that dentures normally display.
Some problems with conventional bridges
- They are bonded to the adjacent tooth with a glue-like substance, bridges more often become loose and fall out
- They cracks and fissure form over time, due to normal wear and tear and become fragile and prone to breakage
- Improper fit can lead to either tooth decay or irritation to the surrounding soft tissue around them.
A ceramic dental implant is created from a high performance material (zirconium oxide) that is inserted into the bone to act like a natural tooth root. Zirconium oxide also called zirconia is a crystal phase of zirconium and due to its nonmetallic construction the ceramic dental implant does not interfere with the body’s immune or meridian systems and therefore significantly reduces the potential for rejection. Furthermore ceramic implants do not interact with electromagnetic fields such as those emanating from cell phones, cell phone towers and microwaves. Once inserted into the jaw, the implant integrates directly into the bone to give firm support to the artificial replacement that it is built to hold and should last the lifetime of a patient. Routine maintenance of a dental implant is exactly the same as a person would follow for normal teeth.
Healthy Patients Prefer Ceramic Implants
Patients who prefer dental implants say that they are more comfortable and provide a more secure fit than fixed bridges or removable dentures. However all implants are not equal and ceramic implants unlike metal implants are made in one piece from the root to the top just like a natural tooth. Therefore ceramic implants do not have joints and do not retain plaque and harbor billions of bacteria like two-piece metal implants. For those who no longer have any natural teeth, ceramic implants can be placed to support and retain dentures and eliminate the embarrassment and discomfort they can cause in social situations when they slip and click. Loose and ill-fitting dentures hamper the everyday pleasure of eating comfortably.
Reasons to consider a ceramic dental implant:
- preserves healthy natural tooth and bone structure
- looks and feel like natural teeth
- enhances a sense of self-confidence when eating, talking and smiling
- no gooey denture adhesives to deal with
- no embarrassingly loose dentures
- improves quality of speech
- no electrical or electromagnetic activity in your mouth
Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth may be a candidate for implants. If more than a few of the teeth are missing, implants in supporting a crown or bridge can replace those teeth and function as normal teeth without concern for loss of bone and decay. If all or most of the teeth are missing, then implants may be placed to fix in place a full-mouth non-removable set of teeth.
No such problems with ceramic implants
Ceramic dental implants are recommended to patients because:
- Chewing is easy with excellent biting pressure provided by implant
- When done properly and dilligently cared for, dental Implants are reliable and provide long-standing service, for decades with few, if any complications
- Comfortable fit and lifetime durability because they are well secured and integrated with the bone and gums
- They remain clean because they do not accumulate plaque and bacteria
- Metal-free bioceramic
- They do not generate nor conduct electricity
Considering the overall advantages patients can expect to benefit from as a result of choosing a dental implant, they are better able to enjoy a healthier and greener lifestyle without the restrictions many denture and bridge wearers face. The more secure foundation offered by a dental implant, the better biting pressure becomes, making it possible to enjoy the foods that a patient probably would not be able to eat using a dental prosthetic. As a result improved chewing ability leads to better nutrition and improved overall health.
What’s the Best Way to Replace a Tooth?
While both dentures and implants will fill the gaps left by missing teeth, there are other important considerations to be aware of when making a choice for dental repairs:
The expense associated with implants
The higher cost of dental implants can be the biggest obstacle for many patients to overcome when it comes to replacing one or more missing teeth. Despite their aesthetic and greater functional superiority the initial price of dental implants can cause many people to lean towards more conventional and less expensive options like bridges or dentures.
Success in the short term
Second to cost, another attractive aspect to dental bridges or dentures is the quick turnaround time since they can be ready and fitted at about 2 weeks, while dental implants take longer to become fully integrated into the mouth and jaw before they reach their peak performance level
However, there are a few additional costs associated with dentures and bridges which can include:
- restoring decayed teeth surrounding bridges
- treating gum disease caused by improperly fitted dentures and difficult to reach pockets created by bridges
- maintaining, repairing and replacing partial or fully removable dentures
The real cost of short sightedness
The actual physical structure of a jaw without teeth will initially shrink quite rapidly most particularly during the first six months — and more slowly over time for the remainder of the patient’s life. Consequently, when a denture is made to fit a person’s jaw it will need to be remade and refitted as the jawbone shrinks.
The teeth in a denture appliance eventually wear down and become less effective at chewing food. Worn denture teeth naturally cause a person to bite and chew with more force, pushing the denture into the jawbone, causing the bone to shrink at an even faster rate. Jawbone deterioration and loss is the major problem with removable dentures, a problem that also works to increase the speed of a person’s aging process. Grinding of the teeth will decrease the life of a denture also.
When a dental bridge is used to replace missing teeth, the supporting or adjacent teeth have to be ground down in order to make room for the support post of the bridge. Once the adjacent teeth have been altered in this way they become susceptible to damage and tooth decay. It is quite difficult for patients to properly clean the areas around and under dental bridges, which causes an accumulation of dental plaque and an increased susceptibility of tooth decay and gum disease. As in the case of dentures, the jawbone in the area where teeth are missing will shrink, weaken and deteriorate over time, which can cause the surrounding teeth to become loose, change position and even fracture in some cases. This mobility of the teeth will then create a situation where the structural integrity of the bridge is at risk.
The best long term solution
The average long term success rate of dental implant surgery in a healthy patient with good bone structure is over 95 percent. This figure can change to between 85 and 90 percent in patients who require bone grafting to increase density and to ensure that the implant will anchor well. For smokers, the failure rate of dental implants is about two times higher compared to non-smokers. Experienced implant dentists have success rate records as high as 99 percent for patients with healthy jawbone and gums. One of the most appealing aspects of a dental implant is that it works just like a natural tooth, without requiring any special care and without causing any damage to adjacent teeth. The only requirement to ensure the long life of a dental implant is for the patient to continue to maintain good dental health and proper daily oral hygiene – exactly as they would for natural teeth.
Once a dental implant has been placed and has properly integrated into the bone (a process called osseointegration) that implant can be expected to last for a lifetime, whereas dental bridges require replacement every ten years on average (due to bridge failure or adjacent teeth failure). Dentures also need to be replaced or modified about every five to ten years due to improper fit and bone loss. Therefore, although the initial expense for dentures and bridges may be relatively low, over time that cost will rise as repairs and replacements are needed, and as oral treatments are required due to gum disease and repair or loss of surrounding teeth. General health will also be affected as ill-fitting dentures do not allow for proper and efficient chewing.
Dental implants provide a much better aesthetic and functional results compared to alternative dental restorations. They help to ensure that a patient will be able to maintain their usual eating habits, keep a natural appearance and speak and chew without the embarrassment often caused by removable dentures.
Biocompatible Zirconium Oxide Ceramic Dental Implants
In the world of medicine, zirconium oxide is being used more consistently as the material of choice for bone related reconstruction, particularly hip prosthesis. This growing trend has led to substantial clinical reports which confirm the high biocompatibility and quality of zirconium oxide, making it an attractive component for use as dental implants. Not only does Zirconium Oxide overcome most of the pitfalls of other dental implant products (such as Titanium), but patients now have a choice of a material that is esthetic, strong, pure, corrosion-free, biocompatible and capable of being used for all dental implant and appliance applications.
Why biocompatibility is so important
The immune system will typically respond to non-compatible dental materials as if they were infections or ‘invaders’ by initiating a cascade of reactions geared toward eliminating that ‘invader’. A good analogy to this would be how your body reacts to a cold or flu by elevating levels of lymphocytes and activating the immune system, a reaction that eventually rids the body of the cold or flu. The difference is that with dental toxicity the source of the problem is permanently imbedded in the mouth, and therefore there is no way for the ‘infection’ to be eliminated by the immune system.
Using only quality biocompatible materials that are proven to have very low adverse allergic reactions and present no negative responses from the immune system is highly important for the health of our patients. It is also the reason that biological, natural and holistic dental practices strive to use only materials that are as neutral as possible. Zirconium is a very strong, inert material with very low allergic potential and therefore a higher biocompatibility than other materials used as dental implants.
What non-compatibility looks like
Considering that every person’s body and physiology is unique, some individuals will be more compatible than others with certain types of materials used in dental treatments and procedures. But ultimately, a biocompatible material will not cause:
- allergic reaction
- foreign body response (rejection)
- cancer and other autoimmune disorders
An all-ceramic dental crown over an all-ceramic dental implant looks and functions very much like the missing tooth did. Ceramic implants provide metal-free tooth replacement solutions, eliminating concerns of allergies and biocompatibility issues thereby lessening concerns for damage to the immune system. Zirconium Oxide provides safe, holistic results that are comfortable, natural in appearance and biocompatible:
- Zirconia implant is the holistic dental implant for absolute metal-free dentistry
- The white color of Zirconium far surpasses the metallic appearance of Titanium
- Ceramic implants and crowns retain less plaque and calculus than Titanium and therefore promote healthier gums and mouth
Our objective is to make as many biocompatible options available to our patients as possible and it is important to us to achieve the highest level of biocompatibility, particularly in cases where patients have compromised immune systems. Whenever considering a dental restoration we strongly suggest that extensive biocompatibility and metal allergy testing be done beforehand to ensure the best results.
With the support of Wichita State University AEGD Program, its Director Dr. Dexter Woods and Mr. James Francis President of Z-systems USA, Dr. Noumbissi just completed the first ever metal-free dental implantology course in Kansas at Wichita State University. Eight residents, four faculty members and five private practice dentists attended. The two-day program started by introducing the participants to zirconium dioxide (zirconia) as a dental implant material. The properties, characteristics and benefits of zirconium which is a bioceramic were presented and discussed. Through multiple real case scenario presentations and discussions the participants were allowed to learn and practice how to identify, select and treatment plan patients who need to have their teeth replaced with ceramic dental implants. On the second day we had a live surgery demonstration on a patient which was performed by Dr. Noumbissi. During the live demonstration most of the concepts, techniques and considerations discussed prior were demonstrated in real time.
Metal-Free Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges
The science of ceramic, metal-free dental implants provides a comfortable and natural alternative to bridges for patients who have suffered tooth loss. Metal-free dental implants are made of the ceramic component of zirconium also called zirconium oxide or zirconia. Due to zirconia’s physical and optical properties, metal-free implants are all-white in color , highly attractive in appearance, and look and feel like natural teeth so much so that you might forget that you ever lost a tooth (for more information about the cosmetics of metal-free dental implants, please read The Cosmetics of Ceramic Dental Implants).
What’s the Difference Between Dental Implants and Bridges?
A conventional dental bridge can be made with a metal framework or entirely from porcelain or zirconia. However whether its metal based or ceramic, it is created by using adjacent teeth to support a pontic, or fake tooth. In this way, otherwise healthy teeth are often ground down and crowned (or “capped”) to facilitate a bridge to span the space where teeth are missing. So what is the difference between a bridge and a dental implant? A dental implant is applied directly into the jawbone mimicking the tooth’s natural structure without touching the surrounding teeth. An even better method of tooth replacement is by using zirconia implants therefore taking advantage of its metal-free and extremely stable physical properties. Zirconia dental implants do not corrode or breakdown when in contact with oral fluids, furthermore little to no plaque (tartar) accumulate on their surface.
How Long do Dental Implants and Bridges Last?
FAQ About Dental Bridges:
Most dental bridges last from 5-10 years before needing to be replaced. A bridge relies on the adjacent teeth and on the bridge’s structure for support. Surrounding teeth lose their strength due to being ground down to support a bridge and are susceptible to decay and even fracture due to loss of enamel and tooth structure in the process.
FAQ About Metal-Free Dental Implants:
Metal-free dental implants can last a lifetime and are placed directly into the bone where the teeth are missing. They do not adversely affect the adjacent healthy teeth, do not corrode or conduct low level electrical currents in the oral cavity. These low level electrical currents also called galvanic currents will lead to events ranging from weakening of conventional metal implants to the death of bone cells around implants; this eventually leads to implant loosening and failure. Zirconia implants bond to the jaw bone and become part of it without affecting it – making a connection often stronger than a natural tooth root.
Do Bridges and Metal-Free Implants Cause Bone Loss?
Dental implants act as substitute tooth roots, providing the same function as natural tooth roots including stimulating the bone in the most natural way possible. When teeth are removed or lost due to trauma or infection the underlying bone is no longer used, frequently resulting in a weakened jaw and bone loss. This makes it difficult to smile, chew and do other things most of us take for granted.
FAQ About Dental Bridges:
When teeth are lost or extracted, the bone that previously supported those teeth no longer serves a purpose and begins to deteriorate, or ‘resorb’. When a bridge is used to connect two teeth, normal pressure is not applied on the jawbone in such a way that the bone is stimulated as it would be in a healthy mouth, leading to bone loss in the area where the tooth was lost. Eventually the bone loss spreads to the supporting teeth of the bridge which over time gets loose, fractures and/or fails.
FAQ About Metal-Free Dental Implants:
Just like metal (titanium) implants, replacing teeth with metal-free dental implants involve placing an artificial root made of zirconia back into areas where there are no teeth. This results in renewed stimulation of the bone in the jaw preventing long term bone loss, thereby preserving and strengthening the structure of the jaw.
Not only do dental implants sit securely in the jaw and look like natural teeth, they also offer superior durability and outstanding aesthetics. Implants of a variety of materials have been used successfully for about 40 years and the latest generation of ceramic implant systems made of zirconium oxide (zirconia) take the science of dental implants to the next level.
Are Dental Bridges or Ceramic Implants Easier to Clean?
Caring for dental implants is very much like caring for natural teeth by following standard oral health care measure such as brushing and flossing.
FAQ About Dental Bridges:
Flossing bridges is not an easy task and requires time, patience and consistency making it difficult to follow routine everyday oral hygiene which can leave the underlying natural tooth structure at risk of decay and gum disease. Almost invariably over time decay occurs under supporting crowns of the bridge leading to the need for root canal treatment or tooth loss altogether.
FAQ About Metal-Free Dental Implants:
Individual dental implants allow easier access between teeth making it possible for patients to resume normal dental care. Furthermore zirconia dental do not collect plaque around them allowing for healthier gums and underlying bone.
Should You Choose a Metal-Free Dental Implant or a Bridge?
The bottom line for most people who have experienced tooth loss is that dental implants are a better solution. Implants are the closest thing possible to natural teeth, are fixed in place and offer a healthy alternative for oral and bone health, plus they support general well-being. Patients, who have metal-free dental implants a less likely todevelop metal sensitivity over time, remark that they look better, feel better and are more confident.
Biocompatible Implants Improve Your Smile
Dental implants are best described as biocompatible anchors that permanently support crowns or dentures. Dental implants are preferred over traditional bridges because they do not require altering adjacent teeth. Once in place, they are quite durable and can be cleaned and cared for just like your natural teeth.
Dental implants are generally recommended to patients as a way to replace teeth which have been removed for reasons of disease or trauma. Rather than wearing removable dentures, permanent implants are fitted into the jaw, a procedure that is particularly effective for those patients who have no serious health issues that might prevent healing, and as long as they have good bone structure. A dental implant is essentially an artificially placed substitute for the natural root of the tooth.
Until recently, practically all dental implants have been of metallic construction, made of commercially pure titanium or a titanium alloy. Today, natural dentists are much happier with the results presented by the use of implants made from ceramics.
Choosing Dental Implants Over Bridges
Dental implants are different from dentures or bridges as they set into the mouth very much like natural teeth and are not removed on a daily basis. Because implants closely resemble real teeth, they don’t generally cause damage to gums and the underlying bone structure as dentures are known to cause.
Getting fitted for a denture bridge requires the modification of the teeth around the bridge which significantly weakens those teeth. In other words, the structure of the existing teeth has to be changed to support the false bridge. Once established, dental implants are more firmly situated in the mouth than dentures or bridges, with none of the shifting that dentures normally display.
Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth may be a candidate for implants. If more than a few of the teeth are missing, implants in conjunction with a crown or bridge can replace those teeth and function as normal teeth without concern for loss of bone and decay. If all or most of your teeth are missing, then implants may be placed to fix in place a full-mouth denture.
What are Ceramics?
An all-ceramic dental crown over an all-ceramic dental implant looks and functions very much like the missing tooth did. Ceramic implants provide metal-free restoration, eliminating concerns of allergies and biocompatibility issues thereby lessening concerns 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. Owing to its biocompatibility, low density and ability to withstand abuse, ceramics are far superior to metal for implantation in the human body.
The zirconium implant is of the highest quality material and the best choice for dental implantation, and the preference of holistic dentists everywhere. These qualities include:
Biocompatibility: zirconium is an inert material with very low allergic potential
Strength: The strength of the zirconia dental implant is exceptional compared to other metal implants
Metal-free: no corrosion, no galvanism effect, no metallic taste, no electronic disturbances
Studies have shown that ceramic dental implants are excellent for making it possible for the bone to grow right up to the implant surface allowing the implant to be held securely in place by the bone. This process typically takes four to six months to completely heal before the restoration can be finished.
How It Works
The implant procedure requires the artificial ceramic root to be fitted directly into the jaw to replace the natural root. The placement of a single implant can take as little as 30 minutes while several hours may be necessary for other surgeries, depending on the extent of restoration required.
The white color of Zirconia is preferred to the metallic appearance of titanium implants which would leave an unsightly dark line around the gums, while ceramics look more natural. Ceramic implants and crowns also retain less plaque and calculus than metal implants, therefore promoting healthier gums.
The End Results
Healthy and beautiful teeth contribute significantly to the overall quality of life. Ceramic dental implants are recommended to patients because:
* A healthy attractive smile improves self-esteem
* Chewing is easy with excellent biting pressure provided by implant
* Dental Implants have a good reputation for providing reliable and long-standing service, providing 20 years or more with few, if any complications
* Comfort, fit and durability because they are well secured and integrated with the bone and gums
Caring for Your Implant
Caring for your teeth following an implant is very much like taking care of your natural teeth. Correct oral care must be followed such as brushing and flossing after every meal, or at least twice a day. Implants and tooth replacement is an investment in your ongoing health and well-being and ceramic dental implants will give you many years of use if cared for properly.
As natural dentists, our goal is to provide absolute metal-free restorative dentistry which not only includes zirconia implants but crowns and bridges, pressed all-ceramic crowns, porcelain veneers as well as invisible tooth-colored fillings. Ceramic options are proven more holistic, aesthetic and hygienic than their metal counterparts.