Zirconia Dental Implants
A holistic and neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Azadeh “Amy” Khajavi offers full mouth reconstruction using dental implants through her practice Excellence Dental in Rosarito, Baja California. Azadeh Khajavi’s practice is the only office in Mexico that offers patients metal-free, zirconia dental implants.
Many dental implants are anchored to the jawbone using titanium materials. However, those materials present not only aesthetic challenges but also immunologic problems in some patients. As an alternative to titanium implants, oral health practitioners have developed new implant materials that provide strength similar to titanium but without the downsides.
Zirconia, one such material, has advantages over titanium in that its color is suitably tooth-like, it has low plaque affinity, and it is biocompatible. An innovative white ceramic, zirconia is Food and Drug Administration accepted for use in dental clinics.
Unlike titanium, zirconia does not degrade over time as a result of corrosion. Moreover, zirconia implants are designed in one piece, meaning they do not include sub-gingival connections that can harbor harmful bacteria.
In addition to dental implants, dentists use zirconia to form crowns and bridges.
Compared to titanium implants, Ceramic dental implants are the best. The gums love Zirconia. It is just amazing how well they do in the mouth.
As a privately practicing holistic dentist, Dr. Azadeh “Amy” Khajavi focuses primarily on implant procedures. Dr. Azadeh Khajavi uses patients’ own growth factor proteins to perform bone grafting, which can help a patient’s jaw to support an implant more effectively.
To hold a post and the artificial tooth that it stabilizes, a patient’s jaw needs to have sufficient structural integrity. Many patients come to the implant procedure with bone that is insufficiently high or wide, and while such patients may still be eligible for implants, they require additional bone volume before the dentist can introduce a post. The process by which bone volume is increased is known as bone augmentation.
In many cases, the dentist is able to retrieve a bone graft from the patient’s own body. This bone typically comes from the chin or the back of the jaw, though some patients may need additional bone from the hip or shin. Once introduced to the area where the dentist will ultimately place the implant, the autologous bone graft fuses to the jaw over the course of a few months.
Dr. Azadeh (Amy) Khajavi leverages extensive experience in the dental field to deliver cosmetic and implant dentistry services through her practice in San Diego. In her practice, Dr. Azadeh Khajavi also focuses on holistic dentistry and removal of amalgam (silver mercury) fillings.
According to an article published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, an integrative treatment approach is necessary to ensure the safe and effective removal of amalgam, which can result in a number of benefits for patients. The article explains that a holistic approach to amalgam removal should combine cutting-edge dental practices, a detoxification and diet plan lasting several months, and regular testing to examine progress. According to the article, patients should continue working with a physician to further flush stored mercury from their body after the amalgam removal procedure.
The article’s author states that patients have reported a number of health improvements after amalgam removal and detoxification, including more energy, better concentration, and the elimination of metallic tastes in the mouth. In a Norwegian study conducted in 2011, researchers also found that amalgam removal significantly decreased general health and intraoral complaints among the participants in the study’s treatment group.
With more than 20 years of experience as a dentist, Azadeh (Amy) Khajavi, DMD, focuses primarily on cosmetic and implant dentistry at her practice in San Diego. Azadeh Khajavi, DMD, also maintains membership with the California Implant Institute. The organization’s academic chairman Louie Al-Faraje, DDS, is an expert in oral implantology and a well-known author in the implant dentistry field.
Dr. Al-Faraje’s most successful book was published in 2011 under the title Surgical Complications in Oral Implantology. The textbook serves as a multifunctional self-instruction guide to help implant surgeons prevent, diagnose, and respond to surgery-related issues in implant dentistry.
On one level, the textbook provides important resources for implant surgeons who need concise and useful information on how to react to implant complications in high-pressure situations. The book delivers practitioners a detailed treatment-planning procedure to facilitate early detection and prevention of possible surgical complications.
A best-selling textbook published in seven languages, Surgical Complications in Oral Implantology also acts as an implant surgery primer with information on each stage of the implant process, including consultation, treatment planning, and the restorative phase.
Based in San Diego, California, Azadeh “Amy” Khajavi, DMD, has more than two decades of experience as a dentist and is familiar with TMJ and neuromuscular issues. Dr. Azadeh Khajavi focuses her practice on cosmetic issues and offers patients state-of-the-art implant dentistry. She emphasizes the importance of implants as a means of preserving oral health, cautioning “if the tooth goes, the bone will follow.”
In order to maintain optimal density and form, bone requires stimulation. The alveolar bone in the jaw receives that stimulation from the teeth. Hence, losing a tooth also causes bone loss, with a 25 percent bone width decrease being typical within 12 months. In addition, bone height decreases over the next several years after tooth loss.
Dental implants not only replace teeth in an aesthetically pleasing way, they also provide an anchor to the bone. Implants help preserve the long-term viability of the jawbone and prevent more aggressive treatments, such as surgical regeneration of bone tissue, from becoming necessary.
A dentist with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Azadeh Khajavi has operated her own private practice since 1994. After completing dental school, Dr. Azadeh “Amy” Khajavi pursued extensive postgraduate training, including a fellowship focusing on the treatment of TMJ disorder.
TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joints,” which are the joints that hold the lower jaw in place. Attached to the skull in front of each ear, the TMJs control all jaw movement. When they experience injury, stress, or misalignment, these joints become inflamed and painful. Besides pain, symptoms of TMJ dysfunction can include jaw stiffness, jaw locking, changes in how the upper and lower teeth meet, and a clicking or popping sound when opening the mouth.
The cause of TMJ disorder isn’t always clear. A misalignment of the jaw, whether due to genetics or injury, can cause this condition. People who grind or clench their teeth are also at risk of developing the condition because of the added strain those actions place on the joint. Arthritis of the jaw joints may also cause TMJ dysfunction.
Regardless of the cause of TMJ disorder, many times symptoms can be alleviated with noninvasive treatments, such as practicing relaxation techniques, taking pain-relieving medications, and applying ice packs. Some patients can benefit from short-term use of a splint or night guard to keep the jaws in alignment and protect the teeth from the effects of clenching. On occasion, dental work such as implants or orthodontics may be recommended.