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.