A Holistic Alternative for Dental Implants
Jan 31, 2016 10:12PM
Spotlight on Dr. Sammy Noumbissi
by Robin FillmoreWhen Dr. Sammy Noumbissi came to North America for college and dental school, he had no idea that he would be an international leader and trainer in a unique and important field, serving as one of a small group of practitioners in the world who specializes in ceramic implant dentistry. Even though Noumbissi sees patients from all across the U.S. and from as far away as Thailand and the Philippines, fortunately for those in the greater D.C. area, he is right in our backyard.
Noumbissi has been practicing in this area since graduating from a master’s program in implant dentistry from Loma Linda University. A seminar that he attended while a student at Howard University Dental School sparked his interest in implants and led to his participation in the three-year master’s program. Following his graduate work, he rounded out his education with a certificate in Implant Surgery. According to Noumbissi, “There are only a small number of dentists specifically trained with a focus in dental implantology. Many general dentists will do implants as well, but very few dentists go that extra step to get a degree in implantology as a specialty.”
When he started his practice in 1998, Noumbissi used the best technologies in the field available at the time, which included implants made of titanium metal. Over the years, however, he noticed that some of his returning patients reported health concerns that began around the same time that they received the metal implants.
He later learned that these older implants can start to oxidize, which is essentially corrosion, and break down in the oral cavity because the mouth is always wet. The process of placing an implant is done in several steps, first with the implant being placed into the bone and then a post goes into the implant. In many cases, the alloy that is used to make the post is a different alloy than the implant.
The result, according to Noumbissi, can be electric. “When you put the different alloys in a wet environment, there is low-level electrical activity that produces corrosion and oxidation on the implant. When this occurs, there are metal ions that are released in the surrounding bone and it travels to the spleen and to the other organs throughout the body. Some patients experience symptoms of metal toxicity, such as fatigue, vertigo, yellow nails, hair loss and skin rashes.”
In 2009, Noumbissi learned of a more holistic alternative to metal implants and made the switch to ceramic exclusively. He was working with another holistic dentist at that time and together, they worked to find the best treatments for the whole person. His current practice, Miles of Smiles Implant Dentistry works exclusively with ceramic implants. They are not a high-volume practice and work closely with individual patients, taking great care to approach their patients as a whole. Before starting work, a patient’s full medical history is explored because there are a lot of medical conditions that affect the success of dental implants.
According to Noumbissi, “We work with a network of integrative doctors so that when deficiencies are discovered that need to be treated before the implants are done, we address those. We are not a practice that is just looking to place an implant. The implant has to go into a healthy environment. If the patient is not well, the implant is not going to do well either.” As the work is being done, the staff, including a phlebotomist and a nurse, promote the success of the surgery with IV vitamins C and D as part of their implant success protocol. The team at Miles of Smiles also uses natural biological surgery protocols, such as spinning the patient’s own blood to make blood concentrate, which accelerates and improves healing.
Over the past 20 years, there is a growing demand for dental implants. Many patients are discovering that they would rather have an implant than a partial denture or a bridge for a missing tooth. The implant is more durable and you don’t have to shave down adjacent healthy teeth to place them, which is the typical protocol for a bridge. As this demand grows, Noumbissi and his staff at Miles of Smiles will continue to meet this demand for local patients, while servicing those who come to the D.C. area for this specialized treatment.
Location: 801 Wayne Ave., Ste. G200, Silver Spring. For more information about Dr. Sammy Noumbissi and Miles of Smile Implant Dentistry, visit MilesOfSmilesDental.net.