New Year, New Smile

March 01, 2016

Natural Horizons Wellness Centers

In This Issue:

  • New Year, New Smile: Metal-Free Dental Implants
  • Now Available at NHWC!
  • Nourishing Bone Broth Recipe

New Year, New Smile:

Natural Horizon's newest member of our dental team, Dr. Sammy Noumbissi, is now accepting patients! Dr. Noumbissi is a leading expert in ceramic implant technology, a safe and natural alternative to metal implants.

Ceramic dental implants, specifically known as zirconium or zirconia dental implants, are one of the newer forms of dental implants.

Just like with titanium implants the use of zirconia as an implant material in medicine preceded its dental application. Zirconia has been utilized in orthopedics and other areas of medicine for over 20 years and with good success. Also called "white implants" they are tooth-colored, metal-free and very tissue compatible, making zirconia an attractive and suitable material in implant dentistry especially when metal allergy, esthetics and metal in ones body is of concern.

Why Zirconia Dental Implants?

Zirconia dental implants are biologic and entirely hard and soft tissue-friendly. Given that they have a tooth color-like appearance, zirconia implants have an esthetic advantage over titanium implants. Good esthetic results can also be obtained with titanium implants when ceramic posts and crowns are used, however this significantly increases the cost of treatment. Ceramic implants cause little to no inflammation, display low plaque retention and in case there is slight gum recession or shrinkage, they do not reveal unsightly gray lines like titanium implants. Zirconia implants do not corrode, are not sensitive to temperature, and will not have any impact on taste in the mouth. Zirconia dental implants are a viable alternative for patients who are not comfortable with or are not able to tolerate metal (titanium) implants in their mouths.

Can any Surgeon Place Zirconia Dental Implants?

Theoretically, yes. However ceramic implantology has now propelled dental implantology further into the realm of esthetic and cosmetic dentistry. Zirconia implants are one-piece and their placement angle and position is extremely critical and must be precise. Unlike two-piece titanium implants errors in implant placement cannot be corrected with angled abutments. Therefore any surgeon involved with these implants should have a high level of prosthetic awareness. Enhanced diagnostic tools and surgical preparation steps such as three-dimensional imaging, virtual planning and computer generated surgical guides should always part of the implantation protocol.

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To find out if metal-free implants are right for you or to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Noumbissi, please contact us at 703-246-9355. Learn more about all the dental services offered at Natural Horizons.

*Free Evaluations offered to patients who do not have dental insurance.

Nourishing Bone Broth Recipe

There are so many health benefits from drinking bone broth- from healing the digestive track, helping joint pain and inflammation, building stronger bones, and super-boosting the immune system. The longer you simmer this healthy elixir, the more savory and restorative it becomes. It's the perfect addition to your post-holiday detox!


4 pounds beef bones, preferably a mix of marrow bones and bones with a little meat on them, such as oxtail, short ribs, or knuckle bones (cut in half by a butcher)

2 unpeeled carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces

1 whole leek, cut into 2-inch pieces

1 medium onion, quartered

1 garlic head, halved crosswise

2 celery stalks, cut into 2-inch pieces

2 bay leaves

2 tablespoons black peppercorns

1 tablespoon cider vinegar


Preheat oven to 450°F. Place beef bones, carrots, leek, onion, and garlic on a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes. Toss the contents of the pan and continue to roast until deeply browned, 10 to 20 minutes more.

Fill a large (at least 6-quart) stockpot with 12 cups of water (preferably filtered). Add celery, bay leaves, peppercorns, and vinegar. Scrape the roasted bones and vegetables into the pot along with any juices. Add more water if necessary to cover bones and vegetables.

Cover the pot and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to a very low simmer and cook with lid slightly ajar, skimming foam and excess fat occasionally, for at least 8 but up to 24 hours on the stovetop. The longer you simmer it, the better your stock will be. Add more water if necessary to ensure bone and vegetables are fully submerged. Alternately, you can cook the broth in a slow cooker on low for the same amount of time.

Remove the pot from the heat and let cool slightly. Strain broth using a fine-mesh sieve and discard bones and vegetables. Let continue to cool until barely warm, then refrigerate in smaller containers overnight. Remove solidified fat from the top of the chilled broth.

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