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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 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
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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Dr. Noumbissi to Speak on Zirconia Dental Implants at the Holistic Dental Association 36th Annual Conference: April 18-20 2013, Herndon Virginia USA
On April 18 and 19 2013, The holistic Dental Association (HDA) will be hosting its 36th annual conference in Herndon Virginia in the United States. Since its foundation in 1978, the HDA ‘s mission has been to promote an awareness of dental care as it relates to the entire person. The HDA also brings together dentists who have a common interest in treatment modalities that are not included in dental school curriculum. Furthermore in recent years more and more people have heighten their awareness in their own health and regard good health to be more than just the absence of disease. Dr. Noumbissi is a member of the Holistic Dental Association and limits his dental implantology practice to metal-free implant dentistry. Over the last thirty years the only and most popular method of teeth replacement has been titanium metal dental implants and research is increasingly proving that implantation of metals can lead to systemic health problems in areas of the body remote from the oral cavity. Dr. Noumbissi will be one of the podium speakers at this annual conference and will be presenting clinical evidence of the safety and health benefits of metal-free dental implants.The topic to be covered will be “Zirconia a Viable and Sometimes Necessary Alternative for Teeth Replacement”.
For more information on this conference please follow: http://www.holisticdental.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1460693
The first of its kind, the Metal-free Implant Dentistry Summit will be held in Miami Florida at the Hilton Bentley in South Beach. Dr. Noumbissi will be one of the main podium speakers at this conference. The summit will be held December 7 and 8, 2012, zirconia as an implant material will be presented in multiple aspects of implant dentistry including prosthetic and surgical. Aesthetic, single and multiple top-to-bottom metal-free teeth replacement cases will be presented and discussed. Dr Noumbissi will present his ongoing clinical evaluation of zirconia implants for full mouth reconstruction.
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.
Dr Noumbissi Speaks at the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology 28th Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Dr. Noumbissi was invited to speak at the 28th annual meeting of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology in Minneapolis. The topics presented were Zirconia as a dental implant material. Zirconia is the ceramic state of the metal zirconium which has been used for over twenty years in orthopedics. For the last decade it has also been used as a metal-free dental implant material. Unfortunately there is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation both among dentists and the public as to the viability and predictability of zirconia as an oral and maxillofacial implantable material. The second presentation was focused on the clinical applications of zirconia dental implants, cases presented ranged from single tooth replacement to full arches metal-free rehabilitation.