Beware: Dental Implants Can Make You Sick!

Posted on August 14th, 2009 by author  |  14 Comments »

Losing a tooth can be unsightly, especially if it’s a front tooth. It’s hard not to get self-conscious when this happens. Not having a complete set of teeth can also lead to eating problems.

Nowadays, it’s quite easy to replace missing or badly diseased teeth using dental implants. Implants have an advantage over dentures, the traditional way of replacing teeth.

Dental implants are composed of an artificial root covered with a dental crown. The artificial root is surgically attached into the jawbone and once healed, is used to anchor the artificial replacement crown, which is permanently attached to the implant. The result is an artificial tooth which blends in perfectly with the other teeth.

Dentures, even with advances in dental technology, are still far from perfect and cause many problems for patients. Many still complain of pain, particularly those using a complete set of lower dentures. On the other hand, partial dentures, which are used when only several teeth are missing, are anchored to the teeth on either side of the empty area using a metal clasp, and can be very damaging to these teeth.

Also, as a patient ages, new sets of dentures need to be made to fit the changing gum tissue and chewing surfaces of the teeth in the dentures.

But dental implants also have their fair share of concerns. As with all types of surgery, infection can occur, but these cases are rare.

The real concern is the exposure to metal ions 24 hours per day because dental implants are made of pure titanium and/or a titanium alloy. Chronic exposure to titanium, which is not biologically inert, may trigger inflammation, allergies, hypersensitivity and autoimmune disease in susceptible individuals.

Intolerance to metal implants is not something new. Majority of patients who had their incompatible dental material removed experienced reduced metal sensitivity and long-term health improvement.

Among the severe problems reported after receiving titanium dental implants include muscle, joint, and nerve pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, neurological problems, depression, and skin inflammation.

Though it is rare, cancer is a well-known complication of orthopedic surgery that involves metal implants. The use of implanted titanium can potentially induce the abnormal proliferation of cells (neoplasia), which can lead to the growth of malignant tumors.

In 2008, a 38-year-old woman was reported to have developed bone cancer almost a year after getting a titanium dental implant. Luckily, she was successfully treated with chemotherapy.

The presence of any metal in your mouth also leaves you prone to “galvanic toxicity” because your mouth essentially becomes a charged battery when dissimilar metals are present in the saliva.

All that is needed to make a battery are two or more dissimilar metals and a liquid medium that can conduct electricity (i.e. electrolyte). The metal dental implants, fillings, crowns, partials and orthodontic braces in your mouth are the dissimilar metals, while saliva is the electrolyte.
The movement of the metal ions from the metals in your mouth into the saliva generates electricity known as galvanic current, which can actually be measured using an ammeter!

The electricity produced increases the corrosion rate of the metal-based dental restorations, which hastens the release of metal ions into your mouth. In turn, these metal ions react with other components of your body, leading to sensitivity, inflammation, and ultimately, autoimmune disease.

Some people are very susceptible to these internal electrical currents and may experience unexplained pain, nerve shocks, ulcerations and inflammation. They may also notice a constant metallic or salty taste, or a burning sensation in their mouths.

There is also a concern that the oral electricity may direct electrical currents into brain tissue and possibly disrupt the natural electrical current in the brain.

If you don’t want to settle for dentures but want to avoid the dangers of titanium dental implants, high-strength ceramic dental implants have become alternatives to metal-based implants. Metal-free zirconia implants, which are popular in Europe and South America, are now available in the U.S. They are highly biocompatible to the human body and release low levels of metal ions compared to traditional metallic implants.

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Responses to “Beware: Dental Implants Can Make You Sick!”

  1. AnnInFL says on :

    Very interesting information. My 14-yr-old son is congenitally missing his two lower central incisors and lost one of his upper front teeth when he was accidentally injured a couple of years ago. He has finished orthodonture and we are anticipating having him get implants in a few years when he is physically mature. I will definitely inquire about alternatives to the metal-based implants.

    Also, I have silver fillings and two large gold crowns (due to bruxism). I hate the gold crowns but was talked into it by the dentist who told me that gold was softer that porcelain and would not wear away my remaining teeth. I have a lot of sensitivity whenever a spoon touches my teeth.

  2. Mark @ Cosmetic veneers says on :

    Implants that leak or foreign implants that have used poisons materials in their construction like lead, can be very dangerous to your overall health.

  3. michal hadad says on :

    I wish I had read this before having titanium implants. I insisted the doc remove them and he removed one. still sitting with emormous headaches after nearlt 3 weeks, edema, pain (for which iv been hospitalised 5 times) and 3 ulcers from medication. Back on antibiotics-but pain and swelling still there. Not even child birth compares to this. Jaw cant open properly, depressed,weepy. any comments???

  4. Paula Tuttle says on :

    I appreciate this web site which it took awhile for me to find in my search. I just got upper & lower parcial dentures and am worried about the metal-type or content in the metal used. Further, I mentioned the dangers of flouride to my dentist who was fairly outraged by the claim. Search “dangers of flouride” and it will surprise people to find so many sites explaining the toxicity and dangers of flouride. Our environmental dept in NM tested my well water and found low amounts, but warned about flouride.

  5. Pat says on :

    I had 3 implants 3 yrs. ago. They healed perfectly. The problem occurred when the final caps were cemented. I’ve had burning on the palate side ever since. Numerous drs. have looked and said the implants are solid, and the gums look healthy. I also have a very dry mouth. One of the drs. said he is going to do a workup on my estrogen levels, as the dry mouth may be affecting the burning of the tissue. I also had a brain scan for trigeminal neuralgia which was normal. I just read an article about TN which one patient said certain foods causes her some facial pain and burning.

  6. Joyce Melat says on :

    Thanks for your information. I knew we were waiting for ceramic implants and learned it is here from your site!!!
    I also want to say that I wish stem cells were available for getting a second set of adult teeth. Stem cells can be used for other organs. It is hard to understand why it cannot get here to the U. S. I know that I can fly out of this country and pay an enormous amount of money to have stem cells in another country. Sad. I am 69 and have little money for the above. My life is on hold with my loss of teeth so hopefully I can get a payment plan with the ceramic implants.
    Thanks so much for all the information you provide for us.
    God Bless

  7. Bethanne Elion says on :

    I have been experiencing what the dentist calls burning mouth syndrome since 4 months after the implants went in. It gets worse and worse every day from exploding swellings on the back of my tongue to burning all over my mouth to blisters that bleed. These things should be outlawed. No insurance and now I have to find someone who will remove them.

  8. ms walker says on :

    5 months ago I had my upper teeth pulled and 4 implants put in so I could have snap on dentures . Every since surgery my stomach hurts. I’ve had cat scans ultrasounds all gi work all organs seem ok. But I’m sick every day. Thanks for the above info. I’ll ask my doc to test me for posion i was a very active person. Now I can’t even shop. Ha ha

  9. L.R. says on :

    I have just had an implant removed after 3 weeks of sitting in my upper right jaw. It made me very sick. I was tired, dizzy, blurry, naseous, had a constant headaick and random shooting pains in my sinuses and head. I will never install any foreign object in my jaw anymore. Just wanted to share my experience. Beware of implants. They are popular and well advertised, but dangerous to your general health. Who wants to get a tooth and lose your health?

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