Although more dentists than ever seem to be pushing dental implants as the treatment of choice to replace lost teeth, not many people are buying them. According to a report on last month’s Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (you may need to register to view the article), while more than half of all American adults have lost at least one tooth, only 1% of them have received an implant.
And according to one Dr. Gordon Christensen, this is a reason for despair.
“We have about 200 million adults living here in the U.S.,” Dr. Christensen said during the meeting’s opening. “178 million of them have lost at least one tooth – think about that for a minute. Only 1% have received an implant. Is that pathetic or what? Are they [implants] economically out of reach? Ineffective? What in the world is the problem?”
Well, considering that implants typically run $1500 to $3000 per tooth and that only about half of Americans have dental insurance and that implants are likely not covered by their dental plans, we guess economics is the problem.
But there’s a hidden blessing here. Sure, quality implants look good and function well. But sticking a screw in your jaw and fastening a restoration to it is not what you’d call a healthy option. And why is that?
- Placing an implant in the bone triggers an autoimmune response.
- Each of your teeth sits on a particular energetic meridian along with several other organs, glands and other anatomical structures. Implants radically alter the energy flow along its meridian. This can affect the health and function of associated organs.
- Once an implant is placed, it changes the balance of and relationships among the various oral flora, pathogenic or otherwise. This affects the health of the biological terrain, which is the key determinant of health and illness. (You can learn more about the terrain – what it is and what it does – by reading the articles listed here.)
In short, the body responds as though under attack. The implant is an invader that must be fought off. We experience the response as symptoms. And we call a collection of related symptoms “illness.”
Illnesses reported in the scientific record as being associated with implants include cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic fatigue (CFS), fibromyalgia and a range of autoimmune and neurological disorders.
Clearly, driving in some screws does not promote the concept of do the patient no harm.
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