Dr. Gail McLaurin, DMD, originally received her degree in Dental Hygiene from Armstrong State College in Savannah, G.A., After working as a hygienist for 4 years, she decided to get her Doctoral Degree from The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. Here, she was the first female President of the American Student Dental Association and a member of the Psi Omega Dental Fraternity. M.U.S.C. awarded her the John Robert Jordan Award for “Dedication to the service of his fellow man, pride in his profession, loyalty to his profession.” She also received an award from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons for “outstanding achievement in the undergraduate studies and clinical training of this specialized area of clinical education.”
Dr. McLaurin did a hospital residency at the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, P.A. She completed her Periodontal specialty training at the postdoctoral dental program at Emory University in Atlanta G.A. and has been in practice in Atlanta since 1992.
Dr. McLaurin is the recipient of an Outstanding Citizen’s Award from the Georgia Secretary of State and a Georgia State Resolution for the services to the community and to women victims of domestic violence.
Sensitivities or allergies to metals commonly used in dentistry can be a problem for many people. In addition to sensitivity and allergy issues, some professionals have voiced concerns about electrical effects of titanium and titanium alloy implants with their abutments and crowns. This is something that you can discuss with Dr. McLaurin.
Metal free dental implants are made up of the dioxide of zirconium. Zircon is a mineral and is the precursor of zirconium dioxide which is found in nature. Through a complex process of chemical and structural changes, zircon is transformed into zirconium which is a metal close to titanium. Zirconium is further modified by a unique oxidation process into the dioxide of zirconium also called zirconium oxide (ZrO2) or zirconia. Zirconium dioxide is classified as a ceramic. Since this material is nonmetallic it does not conduct electricity or interfere with the body’s own energy systems (meridians), its use as a bioceramic implant helps eliminate concerns about health issues related to the long-term use of metals in the mouth.
The term “bioceramics” applies to a wide range of materials that, when compared to traditionally used metal implants, are actually harder and have higher temperature resistance, strength, lower density and excellent resistance to corrosion. These properties make bioceramics like zirconia invaluable for use in the oral environment where high temperature, corrosion, extreme pressure and constant abrasion are ever present. Also, ceramic dental implants have high resistance to fracture and heat, and have been proven to be as strong if not stronger than titanium.
Another added benefit of zirconium implants has to do with how well the gums react to the material following surgery, lessening incidents of gum disease, high inflammation and implant failure.
And finally, the long-term health benefits presented by ceramic implants include its proven ability to resist plaque build-up, making it easier for patients to care for their implant teeth and sustain good oral hygiene. Plaque accumulation leads to higher bacterial counts in the mouth and ultimately to high levels of toxins and inflammation.
Whether you’re concerned about potential complications presented by having metals in the mouth or if you are simply looking for a more natural result, ceramic dental implants are a great alternative to titanium dental implants. Holistic dentists tend to offer ceramic dental implants to their patients precisely because they support a metal-free philosophy.