Things To Consider About Dental Implants

Why Get Implants at All?

There are a number of options out there for tooth restoration and replacement.  Is an implant really worth the expense and the surgical placement procedure?  Actually, you may be surprised at how much trouble can be averted by filling that oral vacancy with a dental implant.

Longevity is something else you should look at in deciding on your tooth restoration.  Even well maintained bridges and crowns typically need to be replaced every ten years or so.  Plus a natural tooth that acts as a post for a crown is very susceptible to additional decay, making more extensive treatment a likely eventuality.

Perhaps you’re a minimalist.  You still have plenty of good teeth left to chew with.  Why not just have your problem tooth pulled and carry on with the rest of your life?  Before deciding on that course of action, you should understand that empty tooth sockets are an ideal environment to harbor infection.  In addition the vacancy in your jaw where the tooth was anchored can be a catalyst for bone deterioration and muscle atrophy.  This leads to additional dental and orthodontic complications as well as sagging of the facial features.

One obvious benefit on dental implants is the practical functionality that is unmatched by other form of dental prosthesis.  You can eat, kiss and play the kazoo just the same as you did with all of your natural pearly-whites.  You don’t have to take them in and out, and there are no new daily maintenance or cleaning regimens to learn.

Concerns Related to Dental Implants

Despite the many virtues of getting dental implants, it is not a procedure to be undergone without proper consideration.  There are a number of factors to evaluate when deciding what kind of implant to get, or whether it is a good option for you at all.

The primary concern is that of integration with bone and soft tissue.  The act of bonding with the bone is called osseointegration.  While the vast majority of dental implants osseointegrate successfully, failed osseointegration can lead to the implant failing or coming out.  Integration with the gum tissue is a more common complication.

Dental implants have traditionally been comprised of a porcelain crown that sits atop a titanium abutment.  The micro gap that exists between these two pieces can be a source of inflammation to the gums.  Furthermore, the porous nature of porcelain and the rough texture of titanium make both materials ideal for plaque to glom on to.  There is also evidence that the titanium abutments begin to break down overtime, depositing trace amounts of the metal into your jaw bone.  People who are sensitive to the metal are vulnerable to additional complications.

Then there is the issue of aesthetic appeal.  As mentioned, porcelain is a porous material.  As such it stains rather easily.  It is also fairly common for the metallic grey of the titanium to show through the porcelain or even the gum tissue.

Lastly we have the matter of strength.  An implant that is too weak has obvious drawbacks; keeping your implant intact is clearly ideal.  While it’s important for an implant to be strong, it is also essential that it not be too hard.  Porcelain is very capable of causing wear and abrasion to the natural tooth that opposes the implant.

Why Zirconia is the Implant Material of the Future

The vast majority of implants placed by Dr. Noumbissi are comprised of a single piece of zirconia ceramic.  Zirconia is a much stronger material than porcelain and nearly as strong as titanium.  At the same time, zirconia implants are less abrasive to the natural teeth that they bite against than porcelain is.

The solid piece of tooth-colored zirconia is much more natural looking than the grey titanium abutments.  It isn’t a porous material like porcelain is, which means it is not only stronger, but far less susceptible to staining.  An added bonus is that the texture of zirconia makes it a much more difficult surface for plaque to adhere to than titanium and porcelain are.

When zirconia implants first came into the market, the primary concern was with osseointegration.  Thankfully, new implant technology has made the successful osseointegration of zirconia implants every bit as probable as that of titanium.

Gums attach better to zirconium than to porcelain or titanium, and the gum tissue tends to remain healthier over time.  This is due in part to the lack of a micro gap in the the one piece design, but zirconia is simply a more bio-compatible material.  You don’t have to worry about metal seeping into your body.  Allergies and adverse reactions are much less common also.

Dental implants are a revolutionary technology that has only been available for a few generations.  An implant can do wonders for your self image as well as your overall health.  It is a major decision however; we’re talking about something that will be a permanent part of you. Thoroughly researching the doctor you use and the materials that go into your body is the most essential step toward ensuring that your implant is successful and effective.

Drs. Noumbissi & Luettmann Zirconia Implantology Workshop At The 36th Annual Asia Pacific Dental Congress: APDC 2014 Dubai, UAE

Dear Colleagues, Friends and Patients,

On Monday June 16, 2014, Drs. Sammy Noumbissi and Ralf Luettmann of Hamburg Germany conducted a full day Workshop in Advanced Implantology at the 36th Annual APDC meeting. There was a combination of lectures and hands on where all 12 attendees were able to perform placement of Zirconia dental implants in artificial jaw models. This program was the first of its kind at the APDC and in the Middle-East.

Loma Linda University Graduate Implant Program Alumni Symposium. June 9, 2014

Zirconia Implantology Lecture At Loma Linda University’s Graduate Program In Implant Dentistry

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.

Zirconia Implantology In The United Arab Emirates

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.

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.

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