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Dental Implants: Zirconia vs Titanium

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Missing tooth? Despair not. Your friendly dentist has the treatment dental implants. These marvels of technology may look like a treatment taken from the space age but archaeology taught otherwise.

As we know today, dental implants are those metal screw-like contraptions that are implanted into bones to replace missing tooth. However, archaeology has yielded evidence that humans have been replacing lost tooth as far back as 4000 BCE. Then, dental implants were made from materials such as bamboo, shells, precious metals, and ivory. By the mid-20th century, dental research found titanium to be the best metal for such forms of surgery as it effectively ossintegrates into bone and tissues.

Titanium vs Zirconia

Metals“ - which titanium is - was chosen since it gave implants the strength it needed to withstand the demands of grinding and chewing. Although titanium is indeed reliable, it also comes with setbacks. As a metal, titanium corrodes. When introduced into the human body, a titanium dental implant is exposed to an environment that is hostile to metals. Overtime, titanium will corrode and its structural integrity will be affected.

Also, when metal corrodes, it releases particles. In the case of titanium dental implants, these particles become ions that bind to proteins. This is a recipe for failure as these particles cause itching and inflammation. Currently, there is still research on titanium allergy but figures attest that there's a connection between titanium dental implants and the growing number of allergies.

Zirconia on the other hand, is an all ceramic dental implant and offers a variety of advantages. One of course, is that it does not corrode nor does it cause allergies. Zirconia is also durable and has proven that it can withstand monstrous pressure and strain and still show no signs of deformity.

For patients veering away from metals, zirconia is heaven sent.

For further inquiries on the beauty that is zirconia, visit us at Total Body Dentistry. Our clinic offers CeraRoot® ceramic dental implants -€“ the first and the only implant that is metal-free and 100 % biocompatible. For inquiries or to set an appointment, please call us at (+632) 727.8655.

Dental Implants

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It may seem vain but dental implants serve a purpose. According to the ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists), bones need constant stimulation to keep its form and density. In the case of jaw bones, teeth provide that necessary stimulation. Thus, when a tooth is lost€“ due to decay or for what other reason jaw bone density will gradually decrease leading to that sunken look and even eating difficulties. Dental implants however provide and preserve that all important bone structure.

What are implants?

Thanks largely to technological and medical advancements, missing tooth can be replaced by implants. Made up of three components: the implant itself, the abutment, and the crown; a dental implant is inserted into the gum cavity and through a process known as ossointegration, the implant fuses with the bone.

Advantages of implants

While many people get dental implants for aesthetic reasons, this treatment offers a range of benefits.

For many, implants boost confidence. With a solid facial bone structure, patients look healthier, younger, and radiant. Also, in contrast to dentures, implants behave like natural teeth thus allowing patients to relish their favourite meals without worrying about ill-fitting dentures slipping. And, while implants function like tooth, it differs in the sense that implants are not vulnerable to decay.

Success rate

Web MD states that 98 % of dental implants are successful but as with any treatments or medical/dental procedure, a dentist must consider the overall health history and condition of the patient. Cases such as diabetes, heart problems, or advanced bone loss would have to be evaluated.

Once placed, the patient must be committed to strict oral hygiene and refrain from heavy smoking to ensure its success. In fact, if proper oral hygiene is observed, implants can last a lifetime.

If you think you are a candidate for implants, visit us at Total Body Dentistry. Our clinic offers CeraRoot® ceramic dental implants €“ the first and the only implant that is metal-free and 100 % biocompatible. For inquiries or to set an appointment, please call us at (+632) 727.8655.

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-implants

http://www.ceraroot.com/patients/zirconia-vs-titanium/

https://dentalimplants.com/understanding-dental-implants.php

 

Toward Mercury-Free Dentistry: A Manual

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The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry and Mercury Policy Project released this month a manual/guide to successfully implement a phase-down of dental amalgam fillings. Click here to view and download the material, for further info, please consult the reference materials outlined in the manual.

Ozone Therapy, an Exciting Medical Innovation

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Ozone is more than a keyword in environment circles. Today, it is also becoming a strong topic among medical practitioners and dental professionals. For a good reason, the latest innovation in the medical and dental field harnesses the power of ozone to tackle a myriad of conditions ranging from diabetes to dental infections. The far-reaching possibilities of ozone therapy is almost like a miracle and to conventional medicine, this premise may appear to be straight out of science fiction.

A Brief Historical Background

Even before it became a hot button issue among environmentalists, scientists have been conducting research on the therapeutic qualities of ozone. Discovered by German chemist Christian Friedrich Schonbein in 1840, ozone is a naturally occurring and nutrient rich gas composed of three oxygen atoms. It is colourless with a sharp odour and it mainly functions to prevent harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the earth.  Its role is so vital that damage in the ozone layer has impacts on all living beings.

Apart from this crucial function however, scientists also realized that ozone has high-oxidizing and antibacterial properties.  Interest in it grew and many – including the famous inventor Nikola Tesla - believed and explored its potential.

Since then, ozone has been used to disinfect drinking water, treat wounds, and to counteract diseases. However, a high concentration of ozone is toxic and special techniques had to be developed to manage and utilize its properties.

Medical and Dental Use

Application and procedures somewhat differ but ozone therapy essentially operates on the same principle: administering more oxygen to cells to combat pathogens and boost cell repair.

Since aggressive microorganisms in the body cannot tolerate high levels of oxygen, a significant stream of pure oxygen can destroy the pathogens and protect cells from further damage while also aiding in its recuperation. Advocates of minimally or non-invasive and non-toxic treatments will find ozone therapy as the perfect alternative to chemicals and intrusive procedures usually dispensed by orthodox medicine.

The oral cavity is a delicate miniature system and a slight increase in bacteria can disrupt its balance causing oral health problems. Ozone therapy corrects this by targeting harmful bacteria but without the use of intrusive procedures or without leaving toxic traces.

Ozone therapy is already being utilized in countries such as Germany, Cuba, and Russia but much of the international community is still in the dark of its benefits. Recently, a group of ozone therapy supporters visited the Philippines and endorsed its use. Safe and practical, the country and our citizens can benefit from knowing more about this technology.

Future in Dentistry

Dr Phil Mollica, President and Professor at the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, identifies on his website Ozone for Dentistry, two vital roles ozone therapy has in dentistry.

First is for prevention and protection, ozonated water can be a pre-treatment rinse for patients. The use of ozonated water for equipment also keeps the environment sterilized and prevents infection caused by aerial contaminants brought about by high-speed drilling. And second, for controlling infection, ozonated water and gas can penetrate infected areas and other pockets that antibiotics or disinfectantscannot reach. After a series of treatment and check-ups, the dentist can then proceed with the proper course of action for remedying the patient’s tooth.

Likewise, PubMed’s Strategic Review of Ozone Therapy in Dentistry concluded that the procedure is more economical as it “(l)essens the treatment time with an immense deal of variation and it eradicates the bacterial count more specifically.”

Since the science behind Ozone Therapy may appear like mumbo-jumbo, continuous study and research are still being done on the validity of this treatment. However, results has remained consistent  and showed reliability in treating infections with no to minimal side effects. In addition to further research, exploring controls and mechanisms in ozone therapy application could help the treatment into mainstream medicine.

As the fields of medicine and dentistry are shifting towards non-toxic or minimally (or non) invasive procedures, dental professionals should look into ozone therapy and discover its many benefits to patients and their practice.

References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312702/
http://www.bcairquality.ca/101/ozone-depletion-impacts.html
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1233-ozone%20therapy.aspx?activeingredientid=1233&activeingredientname=ozone%20therapy
http://www.ozonefordentistry.com/Doc_files/ozone%20article.pdf
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3276005/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3769872/

 

Ozone Therapy: Its role in dentistry

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The latest innovation in medicine and dentistry may appear to be a miracle or a medical procedure out of science fiction but in truth, the premise behind ozone therapy is actually quite simple.
Ozone was first discovered in the 1800s and since then, researchers have been exploring ways to harness its properties. First used to purify water, the same underling principles were applied to targeting infections in the human body.

While the ozone layer protects the earth against the damaging rays of the sun, in the medical field, a burst of oxygen – or ozone – neutralizes pathogens that infect the body. Since these pathogens or microorganisms lack antioxidant cell membranes, the rush of oxygen causes these microorganisms to rupture and die.

It is a medical marvel indeed and facilities and doctors in Europe have been utilizing it to treat debilitating diseases such as cancer. In the country, this advancement is still relatively new but health practitioners are already seeing it is as a more practical approach to expensive treatments and toxic chemicals.

Ozone Therapy and Dentistry

Ozone therapy is making a mark in the medical field but it also has a place in dentistry. The website, Ozone for Dentistry defines two vital roles it has in dentistry.

Prevention and protection, ozonated water can be a pre-treatment rinse for patients. The use of ozonated water for equipment also keeps the environment sterilized and prevents infection caused by aerial contaminants brought about by high-speed drilling.

Patient treatment, ozonated water and gas can penetrate infected areas and other pockets that antibiotics or disinfectants cannot reach. After a series of treatment and check-ups, the dentist can then proceed with the proper course of action for remedying the patient’s tooth.

Ozone therapy is an exciting innovation and patients should explore its benefits. Keep in mind however that ozone is a powerful oxidant and only licensed practitioners are knowledgeable in administering correct dosage and treatment.

Dr Lillian Ebuen, a pioneer and firm supporter of non-toxic dental procedures is one of the few certified dentists in the Philippines. For more information regarding this procedure, visit our clinic or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

How Does Ozone Treatment Work?

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Dental ozone treatment is the latest innovation to make waves in the field of dentistry. Without causing further damage to a tooth’s enamel, ozone treatment can help manage and remedy dental caries by targeting the microorganisms that cause tooth decay and gum disease.  This premise sounds like a form of medical treatment that one would find on science fiction but ozone treatment does exactly that. 

The Process

Ozone treatments usually lasts for 60 minutes but within that short period, the introduction of oxygen or ozone in the infected area, eliminates disease-causing microorganisms.   In a process called the “transient oxidative burst”, the targeted pathogens die of stress, as they the microorganisms don’t have built-in defences against a rapid surge of oxygen/ozone.

The beauty of ozone treatment is that it is minimally invasive and does not compromise the integrity of the whole tooth. In addition, it has also been observed that ozone treatment improves blood circulation, healing, and boosts one’s immune system.

The treatment is already popular in other medical fields but it is only recently that dentistry is discovering and exploring its full potential. Dr Lillian Ebuen, Total Body Dentistry’s chief dentist and executive director of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology in the Philippines, sees Ozone Treatment as a milestone, “Dentistry is finally moving into the era of non-invasive and non-toxic procedures.”

Say Goodbye to Non-Invasive Treatments

With the coming of such procedures, the days of the dental drill and the picture of the dentist as sadist are ending. It is a boon not only to the dental profession but to the patient as well. Where traditional procedures such as drilling and using restorative materials impacts the patient’s tooth and overall health – ozone treatment – through proper application and paired with superb oral health practices are effective in maintaining good dental structure and health.

This week, Total Body Dentistry, staying true to its commitment to innovation is announcing its Ozone Therapy Treatment. Dr Lillian Ebuen took and mastered a course on ozone treatment last year and is eager to demonstrate the healing powers of Ozone.

For more info, you may visit our clinic or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it