Consider dental implants, which are typically pushed as the best thing for replacing teeth. They’re described as the closest thing to natural teeth in terms of both form and function, and easier to care for than a bridge, partial (denture) or other prosthetic.
Unsurprisingly, people believe it – and, as shown in a recent paper in Evidence Based Dentistry, form their expectations accordingly.
Through interviews with people who’d “consulted a restorative dental practitioner with an interest in implantology about the possibility of replacing their missing teeth with dental implants,” the researchers found that
the main theme to emerge was ‘normality’. Participants expected implants to restore their oral-related quality of life to ‘normal’. However, individual definitions of normality differed; some were appearance focused, while others were more concerned with functioning. Several participants who had completed implant treatment regarded their new prostheses as ‘just like natural teeth’.
They also likely don’t expect cancer, autoimmune disorders or the host of other chronic illnesses that continue to be associated with implants, whether they’re metal or ceramic. Neither, unfortunately, do many dentists.
The authors of this study also note that the “findings emphasise the importance of good dental practitioner-patient communication in assessing expectations of treatment and outcomes,” and we couldn’t agree more, whatever the treatment involved. Dentist and patient should have a mutal understanding of what to expect – both benefits and risks – before treatment begins. Not only does this lend itself to a better dentist/patient relationship but better treatment outcomes, as well.
It seems that expectations – like hopes – can sometimes run unreasonably high among those investigating the role of dental factors in their longterm, chronic illness. And we can understand why. We’ve read and heard the “miracle” stories, too, and we know how easy it is to convince yourself that something that seems the answer will be The Answer after so many failed attempts at restoring your health.
One statement we recently read in a thread in the cavitations forum at CureZone may be the perfect illustration of this. Describing their recent surgery, a poster added,
I’m not feeling “systemically” better yet since I am still recovering from the surgery, but I will update in a few weeks.
While certainly there have been reported cases of very quick symptom relief upon the treatment of focal infections and disturbances, these are exceptions that prove the rule. Think about it – how long it takes to develop a chronic illness, the toxic burden built up over years and years, not just from dental sources but environmental exposures, diet, lifestyle and the like. It doesn’t happen overnight. And almost always, dental burdens are one set among many.
And just as such illness manifests slowly over time, it will seldom if ever reverse itself in the course of a few days or weeks of dental treatment alone.
For healing to occur, as we just recently discussed,
the body’s self-regulating mechanisms first must be stimulated. You have to spur its innate clearing and healing ability so it can finally begin excreting the accumulated toxins. Once you do, other interventions – cavitational surgery, say, or mercury removal – should prove more successful.
Otherwise, you run the risk of situations like the one described in another CureZone thread:
I had many cavitats and multiple surgeries. Had a clear cavitat in 2006 and have been fine since then but symptoms seemed to have re-appeared.
Frankly, it’s a story we hear too often from incoming patients. We’re honored to be asked to help them change its ending.
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