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.
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. Research 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
With great pride and honor, we want to announce that on January 23, 2014, Dr. Noumbissi and Miles of Smiles Implant Dentistry were invited and accepted to join the highly select group of implant dentists and dental implantology practices called Leading Implant Centers. Members are implantologists and centers that have achieved the highest education and certification level in dental implantology. Members are selected based on their education, training and contribution to dental implantology.
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!
On Thursday and Friday November 7 and 8, 2013 we successfully completed our two-day fall session zirconia implantology training and certification course. In attendance were six doctors from Maryland, Washington DC and Europe (Italy). Was also in attendance Mr. Don Albensi, CEO of Albensi Dental Laboratories in Pittsburg Pennsylvania. This course on the zirconia ceramic dental implants was focused on zirconia as an implant material, its properties and uses in metal free implantology. Emphasis was also placed on case selection, advanced clinical and radiographic diagnostics, treatment planning and guided surgery. On Thursday Dr. Bobbie Beckman gave an amazing presentation on 15 years experience with ceramic implants across four different zirconia implant systems.
Congratulations to Drs. Rupert Clark, William Lanza, William Milton, Gary Lucombe, Marlene Saint-Phard, Marylin Legasperi and Terri Victor who attended this course. Very Much thanks to Z-Systems USA and Albensi Dental Laboratories for their support.
For the last two decades, the use of dental implants as a method of teeth replacement has seen an exponential growth. The predominant material used for dental implants for the last forty plus years has been titanium and titanium alloys. Both titanium and titanium alloys are metals and with the increase in implant procedures there has been a rise in reports of sensitivity and reactions to such materials.
In the early eighties and in light of the increased reports of metal sensitivity and symptoms in people implanted with metal alloys, the search began for an alternative to metal for dental and orthopedic implants. Various materials were and continue to be tested and evaluated. With regards to dental implantology following in the footsteps of medical orthopedics twenty five years prior, zirconia aka zirconium dioxide is now a reliable and acceptable non-metal material for dental implantation. Zirconia is also used to make metal free crowns and bridges in restorative dentistry and dental laboratories in the United States have reported an exponential rise in the use of zirconia by dentists in the last ten years especially on posterior teeth of bruxers. Today zirconia has emerged as a truly biocompatible and most importantly bio-inert implant material in dentistry. Contrary to popular belief both among many clinicians and the public, zirconia is not a metal and not prone to breakage and fracture. Zirconia is the crystal form of the metal zirconium just like alumina is for aluminum. As a matter of fact if you look at the periodic table of elements in chemistry below, zirconium, aluminum and even titanium are in a group called transition metals (second row and second column in the yellow area), however the titanium used to make implants is used in its metal phase . That means that after extraction from the earth, upon certain specific, highly sophisticated and complex treatment such as Yttria stabilization and transformation protocols such as HIP (Hot Isostatic Press), zirconium is converted into its crystal phase which is non-metal and ceramic. Therefore the ceramic phase of the transitional metal zirconium is zirconia which is also called zirconium dioxide and used to manufacture bio-inert, biocompatible and structurally stable zirconia dental implants.