An Implant Is an Implant Is an Implant


It’s easy to understand why dental implants appeal. Aesthetically and functionally, they seem the next best thing to natural teeth. You don’t have to take them out or use special tools to clean them, and they last a long time. Other types of restorations typically have a 75 – 85% survival rate (PDF) after 10 years – though one new study found a 93.5% survival rate for all-ceramic restorations.

Cases involving bruxism, nonvital teeth, and specific cementation agents created significantly increased rates of failure. Yet even when failures occurred, patients overwhelmingly reported “excellent” satisfaction.

In comparison, implant studies show success rates as high as 98%. (Interestingly, the rate drops more than 10% when “patient related” instead of “implant related.”)

But is longevity the best measure? Mercury amalgam lasts a long time, too, yet it’s been repeatedly shown to contribute to a wide array of illnesses. So, too, implants.

As we discussed before, there are three key problems when it comes to implants:

  1. Placing an implant in the bone triggers an autoimmune response.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

There are some dentists who believe that only titanium and other metal implants cause problems. “Biocompatible” ceramic implants are deemed OK. Trouble is, regardless of the material, the implant still disrupts normal energy flow and creates disturbance in the biological terrain. As Dr. Verigin writes,

Biological Terrain Analysis (BTA) shows remarkable adverse changes in the rH2 values – a measure of oxidative stress. When these values are high, as we typically see in clients with implants, both cell and biological terrain functions take a hit. Nutrient uptake is inhibited, as is the delivery of hormone and energetic information. The body’s natural energy state is disturbed.

Lodging an implant into the jaw creates a scenario similar to what happens when you skip a flat stone across the surface of a lake. Think about how the ripples grow smaller and fainter as they continue across the lake and then bounce back. They may be too faint for us to observe with the naked eye, but the effect persists. This is a form of energetic resonance. Likewise, when an implant is placed, there is bioresonance through the extracellular fluid.

Implants also create disturbances along the meridians on which they’re placed. Meridians are your body’s energetic pathways, connecting multiple organs and bodily structures. Disturbances or blockages in one area can affect the other organs on the same meridian, setting the stage for illness or dysfunction at sites far from the mouth. Disturbances caused by implants may be worsened if other metals – such as mercury amalgam “silver” fillings – are present, due to the creation of galvanic currents.

In this regard, “biocompatible implant” is a bit of a misnomer.

Of course, take good care of your teeth and gums, and you may not need to think of dental implants at all.

Image by MartinSchweppe, via Wikimedia Commons

Published by The Verigin Dental Health Team

A humanistic, holistic dental practice in Northern California, providing integrative, biological, mercury-free dentistry

6 replies on “An Implant Is an Implant Is an Implant”

  1. Thank you for this post. I had an implant placed almost two years ago. I kept telling my dentist and surgeon that something was not right. My bone under the implant constantly ached. Next I developed nerve pain in the are that spread to the trigeminal nerve. There was constant inflammation. They believed I was clenching my teeth because the X-rays showed perfect integration and no sign of nerve damage. After 9,000 dollars out of pocket for tests and doctor visits and expensive mouth guards I started to develop neck pain and two of my lymph nodes in my neck enlarged on a regular basis. Next can arm shocks, numbness, pressure, and other neurological disturbances that spread to my legs. This finally convinced my oral surgeon to take out the implant. It has only been two or three weeks but the deep aching in my jaw is gone. I hope that the other symptoms clear as well. I have seen on the health boards that many people going through this return to normal or close to normal 6-9 months after removal. Is it possible that a reaction can be permanent or do you find that often in your research and readings people afflicted return to normal in most cases?

    1. First, thank you so much for sharing about your implant experience, Ruth. We’re sorry you had to go through that but very glad to know you’re on the mend!

      While everyone’s healing experience will be a little bit different – depending on things like the health of the terrain, specific dental conditions and general health – restoration of health after implants is definitely possible. If there are any other health issues present, a person may need additional therapies to spur and sustain the healing process – something a biological dentist with naturopathic training or naturopathic physician may help with.

      A couple resource pages on our main website that may be of interest to you:

    2. An additional note from Dr. Verigin:

      The course of an illness or symptoms depend on the nature of the toxins, the duration, intensity and the condition of the matrix/terrain/milieu.

      The success of any oral surgery depends on preparing the proper conditions for a healthy, uneventful healing response.

      Our clients are cautioned that premature surgical treatment could be detrimental. Major interventions like oral surgery should not be undertaken without first ensuring that the matrix and all the immune functions have been properly addressed.

      Clearing up existing silent, sub-acute latent chronic inflammations is not because they might spread but because they cause energy-consuming limitations and tissue acidosis, increased chemical tension fields, oxygen deficiency, toxic irritants and excessive redox potential either locally or total body loads with increased depletion of fibroblasts in the surgical site.

      Patients must not be overloaded by excessive chemical, physical, environmental and mental/emotional stressors. If they are, the damaged immune cycle can no longer respond adequately to the additional stress.

  2. That last comment is quite distressing. I wish I had found your blog before the procedure was performed. I am having a very hard time dealing with the healing from the surgery and the other symptoms, but my internist does not seem very knowledgeable about these things and did not have any referral ideas. He simply wanted to load me up on more pain medicine that I am uninterested in taking (90% of pain medicine reacts terribly with my sensitive system and I avoid it). The biological dentists in my area (Dallas/ Fort Worth) also seems to have limited knowledge of the appropriate process for these kinds of problems.Their only recommendation was to remove the implant asap. I am in line to see a new internist, but what other kinds of doctor might you suggest I make an appointment with to guide me through the rest of this healing process? Thank you for all of your knowledgeable input. It is so wonderful that there are doctors that are informed about these problems (this seems to be rare). It is even more amazing to see you all putting this information out there for people to access.

    1. Understandable, but there’s hope.

      If you can travel down to Houston, you might consult with Dr. Bill Glaros (a biological dentist) and Dr. Dawn Ewing (a naturopathic physician) – two of Dr. Verigin’s colleagues who are aware of the issues with implants and may be of help to you. (If travel is difficult, they may be able to recommend practitioners in the Dallas area.) Their websites:

      Or you might contact Dr. Chris Fabricius, an excellent naturopathic physician who’s located in Washington state but effectively works with many long-distance clients by phone. His website:

      If you consult any of them, do let them know that Dr. Verigin’s office recommended them.

      And last, thank you so much for your good words about our blog. Knowing that the info we share is helping people like you take charge of their health and well-being means a lot to us.

  3. Thank you Dr. Verigin for not being afraid to speak the truth about dental implants and the potential for harm they present. I have an aesthetically pleasing and functional implant that was installed in 2009 that is perfectly integrated with the bone—-a measure of “success” by most dental practitioners.

    My health, however, has significantly declined since the implant was placed. Contributing factors of a swine flu vaccine and unknown toxic mold in the home I was living have taken their toll. It all adds up. What people need to know is that if they encounter health issues suspected or curiously coinciding with the implant placement that they will most likely need to seek help from practitioners other than those responsible for the demise of their health.

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