Not the Kind of Metal Mouth You Usually Think Of

Yet another item for the “It’s Great/No, It’s Not” files:

Titanium implants used in bone-anchored dental prostheses may not be as robust as is commonly believed, according to new evidence from scientists.

You don’t say!

Collaborative research led by Dr. Owen Addison has found evidence to suggest that in environments where there is no significant wear process, microscopic particles of titanium can be found in the surrounding tissue.


This can potentially be pro-inflammatory and affect the performance of the device.

Of course, this isn’t the only trouble. As we wrote before,

In the case of metal, the dentist will often top off the titanium post with a crown containing different metals. Often, the mouth already contains other metals, including “silver” mercury amalgam fillings. These differing metals create galvanic currents – electrical charges – that enhance the leaching of heavy metals into the oral tissues and surrounding bone. Free to migrate through the body…, heavy metals are especially drawn toward fatty tissues such as the liver and brain.

More, whether metal or ceramic, implants screwed into the bone interfere with the meridians – the energetic pathways that acupuncture works upon – which commonly end in regions of the head, ears and face. A disruption of energy is a disruption of information flow among cells, organs and other physiological structures. This primes conditions for the kind of genetic damage also theorized with respect to hip replacements.

Illness that have been linked to implants include cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis (MS), Lou Gehrig Disease (ALS), lupus and other inflammatory conditions.

And still, Dr. Addison insists, “Titanium is still the most appropriate material to put into bone.”

Yes. He really does.

More on the trouble with implants

Another way implants can go wrong

Image by Ori, via Flickr

Published by The Verigin Dental Health Team

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

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