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Bioceramic Dental Implants Are Here: Replacing Missing Teeth Now Safer than Ever

Oct 01, 2015 09:08PM
by Dr. Sammy Noumbissi

A healthy, beautiful smile is an essential part of our appearance. Missing teeth can cause many problems, like not being able to eat essential foods like raw vegetables, nuts or fruits, as well as cause embarrassment that can make you withdraw from otherwise pleasant social or important business situations.

Neglecting to replace missing teeth will lead to bone loss in the jaw, allow the remaining teeth to shift and ultimately fall out. When you have bone loss in your jaw as a result of missing teeth, this can lead to further tooth and jaw pain, along with an unattractive smile.

Today, most dentists and patients prefer to replace their teeth with non-removable teeth or bridges that are supported by implants. Most often, the replacement for a missing tooth is a metallic implants made from titanium alloys. However researchers have found that titanium implants can, over time, corrode in the body and potentially cause a myriad of dermatological and general health problems.

Choosing the right material is very important in the process of constructing or repairing your smile. Bioceramics have become the material of choice both in medicine and dentistry. They are used to repair broken bones, make artificial heart valves, replace the lenses of the eyes and for the last 15 years, medical grade zirconia has been used both in Europe and more recently in the United States, for teeth replacement. These implants are tooth-colored so they blend with the remaining teeth and will not cause dark gray lines that alter the color of your gums.

Zirconia ceramic implants have quickly become the stronger, 100 percent metal-free, nontoxic and more natural choice, because of their unique ability to withstand the chemical changes and bite forces that occur in the mouth when we eat and drink. With its structure similar to cubic zirconia, medical grade zirconia is a very stable and inert material, made of the hardest material next to diamonds. Unlike titanium and its alloys, it is not susceptible to corrosion, does not breakdown or release metal ions in the bones and the rest of the body.

Medical and dental scientific literature have well documented the incidence of metal sensitivity in humans. Recent research has shown increasing evidence of immune problems, skin rashes, joint pains, digestive problems, fatigue, vertigo and other ailments associated with metals in the body or the oral cavity. Such symptoms can appear hours or years after implant placement. With the pollution around us, it is estimated that 15 percent of the population can be sensitive to metal compounds such as cobalt, chromium, aluminum and vanadium all of which can be found in titanium alloy implants.

The immune system will typically respond to non-compatible dental materials as if they were infections or ‘invaders’ by initiating a cascade of reactions to eliminate that ‘invader’. The difference is that with implanted toxic dental materials, 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.

Dental implantology was one of the last areas of dentistry were there was no metal-free option, but thanks to the advancements in biomaterials, people with metal allergies, those who simply choose or those who are concerned about metal in their bodies now have a totally metal-free option of tooth replacement.

Dr. Sammy Noumbissi, DDS MS holds a certificate and a master’s degree in implant dentistry, he is an author, educator and world renowned speaker in the field of metal free implant dentistry. For more information, call 301-588-0768 or visit milesofsmilesdental.net.

 

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