Researching Your Dental Implant Decision

Researching Your Dental Implant Decision

Researching Your Dental Implant Decision | Sammy Noumbissi DDSWe live in an age when people have the luxury of being able to research virtually any potential purchase before make it.  In many ways, “buyer beware” has been replaced by “buyer be well read.”  If you want to, you can spend 5 hours gathering information to aid in your next shoe purchase.  You can see the view from your seat before buying a ticket to a basketball game. If you’re shopping for a new body part, that research tends to take on a whole new level of significance.  This is more or less the situation when one considers getting a dental implant.  Though many people don’t think of it this way, each of our teeth is an individual body part with specific purpose and functionality.  Like many other systems in our bodies, the mouth functions most optimally when each of the individual components are in healthy, working condition. Dental implants are different from many other body prosthetics, however.  For one thing, they are nearly identical from a functional standpoint to the original body part (whether they are visibly identical to the original tooth depends largely on your choice of implant).  Unlike many other body prosthetics, implants are not designed to be removed, refit, or replaced.  They also differ from procedures like joint replacements in that much of the hardware being installed can be visible to the patient as well as others. Because so many different factors go into making a good dental implant decision, and due to the somewhat permanent nature of the procedure, researching the various available options is an essential part of the process for any prospective dental implant patient.  When exploring one’s tooth replacement options, there are three primary areas of focus to be concerned with. Are Dental Implants the Right Option for Your Particular Situation? Obviously the first step is to determine whether you are a good candidate for an implant to begin with.  As we’ve just discussed, there are many things to consider about dental implants.  Generally speaking, an implant is the best, longest lasting option for replacing a missing tooth.  They can also be an excellent alternative to extensive root canal treatment, which is prone to almost inevitable failure.  Implants tend to be stronger, more functional, and more hygienic than bridges and partials. It’s important to ensure that you as the patient have sufficiently healthy gum and bone tissue to support and espouse the implant.  Ultimately this is something that your doctor will need to advise you on; more on that in a moment.  Thankfully, modern advancements in bone reconstruction and guided bone regeneration have significantly improved the standard of implant care and widened the field of potential implant candidates.  With regard to gum tissue, some materials are more conducive to the maintenance of healthy gingiva. What are the Best Implant Materials to Use? While there are myriad options available when it comes to dental implant material, they basically all fall into one of two categories:  metal implants and ceramic implants.  Metal and alloys were the only option for the first decade or so following the advent of the modern dental implant before ceramic implants began to slowly make their way on to the scene.  While titanium is still the most commonly used implant material, titanium implants do carry a higher risk of a plethora of complications.  Metal free implants made from zirconia have been used with increasing frequency over the last two decades, and are now widely considered to be the highest standard in dental implant care.  This is due primarily to zirconia’s higher rate of biocompatibility in addition to its being an aesthetically superior material. Choosing the Right Doctor for You Carefully choosing your doctor is the most crucial aspect of making this decision.  This is of course because the right doctor will be paramount in helping you to make informed decisions on all of the other pertinent factors.  Many general practice family dentists offer dental implants as part of their wide range of offered services.  As we have discussed here, however, dental implant surgery and treatment entails an exceptionally high number of critical variables; the management of which requires extensive expertise. Finding a doctor whose primary area of focus is implantology will give you the best chance of receiving the best advice and treatment with regard to issues of material choice, implant planningbone augmentation, and more. Dr. Sammy Noumbissi is one of the country’s foremost experts on pre and post op dental implant care.  His office, located in Silver Spring, Maryland, employs the latest techniques and most advanced technology in order to ensure that all of his patients receive the highest standard of care possible.  Contact the office today to schedule a free consultation.

Bone Reconstruction Prior To Implant Placement

Today there is an increasing amount of people who choose to have their teeth replaced with dental implants. In some cases the replacement is immediate meaning that once teeth are removed, during the same surgery implants are placed to replace those previous teeth. The advantage of replacing a tooth with an implant at the time of extraction is that the amount of bone loss at the site of extraction is greatly minimized.  However for most people the decision or option to have their teeth replaced comes long after their teeth were lost, and after years of wearing removable partials, dentures or having fixed bridges anchored to adjacent teeth. The problem often encountered in  such cases is that the bone in the area where the teeth have been missing shrinks and there is significant loss of volume and height making it challenging to place implants . A bone augmentation or reconstruction procedure is then necessary and occasionally must be done prior to and in preparation for implant placement, this is what is commonly called a bone graft.

When situations of bone loss or long term absence of teeth present themselves the first step is to obtain the proper information for accurate diagnosis. A clinical and ultra low radiation 3D X-ray is taken of the jaw to be treated, the x-ray unit we use in our practice is called a Cone Beam CT Scan (CBCT) and it provides an accurate view and analysis of the problem. The slide show below shows how by means of clinical pictures and  dental CT scan we are able not only to plan the volume of bone that needs to be augmented but also with a second scan assess the success of the bone graft.

What Is Miles Of Smiles Dentistry?

Dr. Sammy Noumbissi | Maryland's Premier Implant SpecialistHi, I’m Dr. Sammy Noumbissi, America’s Implant Dentist and Zirconium Implant Expert. As an expert in my field of Implant Dentistry, I am committed to keeping you Healthy!

One of the biggest problems I see in Implant Dentistry is the lack of information available to patients. Dentists are always ready and willing to place an implant, but rarely is a patient fully informed of the risks, benefits, and OPTIONS available to him or her.

MY GOAL IS TO CHANGE THAT

That’s why I have created a series of videos designed to help YOU get the information you DESERVE so you can make an informed decision that could affect your health, your smile, and your confidence for the rest of your life.

WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR MY FREE NEWSLETTER, I’LL GIVE YOU A COPY OF EVERY VIDEO I HAVE ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS (INCLUDING THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS I RECEIVE… ALONG WITH THE QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD BE ASKING YOUR IMPLANT DENTIST). I’LL ALSO GIVE YOU A COPY OF MY E-BOOK ON CERAMIC DENTAL IMPLANTS… ALL FREE.

MY GOAL IS TURN THE INDUSTRY UPSIDE DOWN BY ACTUALLY GIVING PATIENTS — NO MATTER WHO YOUR DOCTOR IS — THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW REGARDING DENTAL IMPLANTS AND YOUR OVERALL HEALTH.

IN THESE — FREE — VIDEOS, YOU’LL DISCOVER ALL THESE TOPICS AND MORE!

  • THE POSSIBLE DANGERS OF TITANIUM IMPLANTS!

  • SHOULD YOUR TITANIUM IMPLANTS BE REPLACED?

  • THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BRIDGE AND AN IMPLANT.

  • ARE IMPLANTS UNIVERSAL?

  • SAME-DAY IMPLANTS… ARE THEY SAFE?

  • HOW LONG DO IMPLANTS LAST?

  • HOW MUCH MONEY WILL AN IMPLANT ACTUALLY COST?

  • WHAT MAKES ZIRCONIUM IMPLANTS UNIQUE?

  • AND… WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

You owe it to your health — and yourself — to get the information you deserve. Use the form on the right to register for my newsletter today and I will give you all my best information so you can make an informed decision when it comes to replacing a tooth. Click Here

How Does Miles Of Smiles Handle Insurance

Hi, I’m Dr. Sammy Noumbissi, America’s Implant Dentist and Zirconium Implant Expert. As an expert in my field of Implant Dentistry, I am committed to keeping you Healthy!

One of the biggest problems I see in Implant Dentistry is the lack of information available to patients. Dentists are always ready and willing to place an implant, but rarely is a patient fully informed of the risks, benefits, and OPTIONS available to him or her.

MY GOAL IS TO CHANGE THAT

That’s why I have created a series of videos designed to help YOU get the information you DESERVE so you can make an informed decision that could affect your health, your smile, and your confidence for the rest of your life.

WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR MY FREE NEWSLETTER, I’LL GIVE YOU A COPY OF EVERY VIDEO I HAVE ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS (INCLUDING THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS I RECEIVE… ALONG WITH THE QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD BE ASKING YOUR IMPLANT DENTIST). I’LL ALSO GIVE YOU A COPY OF MY E-BOOK ON CERAMIC DENTAL IMPLANTS… ALL FREE.

MY GOAL IS TURN THE INDUSTRY UPSIDE DOWN BY ACTUALLY GIVING PATIENTS — NO MATTER WHO YOUR DOCTOR IS — THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW REGARDING DENTAL IMPLANTS AND YOUR OVERALL HEALTH.

IN THESE — FREE — VIDEOS, YOU’LL DISCOVER ALL THESE TOPICS AND MORE!

  • THE POSSIBLE DANGERS OF TITANIUM IMPLANTS!

  • SHOULD YOUR TITANIUM IMPLANTS BE REPLACED?

  • THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BRIDGE AND AN IMPLANT.

  • ARE IMPLANTS UNIVERSAL?

  • SAME-DAY IMPLANTS… ARE THEY SAFE?

  • HOW LONG DO IMPLANTS LAST?

  • HOW MUCH MONEY WILL AN IMPLANT ACTUALLY COST?

  • WHAT MAKES ZIRCONIUM IMPLANTS UNIQUE?

  • AND… WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

You owe it to your health — and yourself — to get the information you deserve. Use the form on the right to register for my newsletter today and I will give you all my best information so you can make an informed decision when it comes to replacing a tooth. Click Here

A Comparative Study Of Mineralized Bone Allografts Versus Xenografts In Atrophic Human Maxillary Sinuses

The placement of dental implants in the posterior maxilla can sometimes be complicated due to the loss of bone below the maxillary sinuses. This is very common after maxillary molars have been lost or extracted and no bone preservation procedures provided at the time of extraction. Sinus graft/lift procedures are then necessary in order to create a proper foundation for implant placement. This article, published in June 2010 pp 47-60 in the Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry (www.JIACD.com)compares the amount of new bone formation and residual graft material when mineralized human dried bone (allografts) are used versus bovine bone (xenografts) are utilized to increase bone volume in maxillary sinus.  Sammy Noumbissi DDS MS

Using Cone Beam CT (CBCT) Technology To Plan Complex Implant Placement In The Maxilla

This is a case report published in Prexion3D’s December 2011 newsletter.  All phases of this case were completed by Dr. Noumbissi. A patient had a missing tooth in the anterior maxilla, 3D dental imaging technology (CBCT) and software (InVivo5) were utilized to adequately and accurately plan the placement and temporization of a metal free zirconia dental implant.

The  CBCT radiation from the Prexion is extremely low compared to medical CT scanners. The InVivo 5  software was used to perform virtual implant placement prior to surgery. From the  implant placement simulation a surgical guide was generated using CAD/CAM technology.  The surgical guide was then utilized to place the implant in a precise manner allowing for much safer and more predictable implant placement.
Sammy Noumbissi DDS MS

Using Cone Beam CT (CBCT) Technology to Plan Zirconia Implant Placement in a Bone Deficient Site.