Metal in Dental Restorations; Slow Poison

The effects of longterm exposure to metal can begin to add up over time.

The effects of longterm exposure to metal can begin to add up over time.

Metal in Dental Restorations; Slow Poison

Metals in dental restorations have a potential link to overall health inadequacies and compromised immune systems in sensitive individuals. Multiple studies have now demonstrated there may be a correlation with metal sensitivities and a battery of autoimmune diseases along with several processes that are critical in running the bodies delicately balanced endocrine system. Ultimately this may affect the thyroid, pancreas, and other critical hormone systems.

All metals (titanium, nickel, steel, silver and other alloys)used in dental procedures, weather for implants or abutments, fillings or dentures, will eventually begin to corrode. As time passes the corroding metal particles become ions binding to proteins inside the body’s individual cells. Metal particles can travel throughout the body. For some individuals these “foreign invaders” set off a chain reaction within the immune system. As the immune system goes on high alert and begins attacking various parts of the body numerous symptoms arise and various internal systems can begin to fail.

Symptoms to metal implants can vary from patient to patient and often include an oral burning sensation, general fatigue, skin rashes, a constant dull pain and in some cases loss of the implant. A paper published in July of 2011 focused on titanium allergy in patients who have undergone an implant, and it concluded in part; “This review of the literature indicates that titanium can induce hypersensitivity in susceptible patients and could play a critical role in implant failure.”

Who Cares

What impact if any will metals have on you? No one can say for certain. Even those with existing metal components in their mouth risk that there will be a tipping point. When the level of absorbed metal becomes more than the immune system will tolerate. Time can also be a factor. As time passes more and more ions can be absorbed so that the effects of metal toxins do not present for many years.

There Are Great New Options

z-systems zirconia dental implants

ceramics used in dental implants are non-metallic and white throughout

With Zirconium, or all ceramic implants, there is never a risk of being slowly poisoned. Ceramic dental implants do not corrode. They will not absorb or dissolve in any way and there’s no need to consider long term replacements as they can last a lifetime with the same regular hygiene your natural teeth need.



Call today for a consult and to learn more about your choices and about implants that are customized to benefit your long term health.

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