If you have children, you know how important it was when they were little to keep them away from electrical outlets and cords. Kids love putting things in their mouths. That’s how toddlers explore their new world. And with so many digital devices in our world, all of which require chargers, there are even more ways for a child to get into trouble with electricity. The mouth is the perfect moist environment for conducting electricity.
Not-So-Good Vibrations And Allergic Reactions
As a holistic dentist, I talk to my implant patients about this topic on a regular basis. I do not use metallic implants for that very reason. The body conducts electricity, and in the mouth, titanium implants can not only conduct electricity causing vibrations in the jaw and head, but also many patients may have allergic reactions to metals.
Choosing A Holistic Dentist
In my experience, people who prefer going to holistic dentists naturally favor mercury-free and metal-free dental procedures. Many don’t want metals and metal alloys in their mouth because of the potential for toxins, corrosion and the harmful effects they have on the immune system.
Titanium or metal implants can create what is called ‘oral galvanism’ or ‘the battery effect’ in the mouth. Just think about any kind of battery from the one in your car to those used in your TV’s remote control. When you have metal in the mouth you are in effect turning your mouth into a battery.
Have you ever seen an old battery left in a flashlight for years? You open the battery compartment of the flashlight and see stuff oozing out of the battery. Well, the action of electrical currents in the mouth increases the rate at which metal implants are corroded. The ions that are released react with the organs of the body, which can lead to increased sensitivity, an inclination toward inflammation and potentially autoimmune disorders. That’s called corrosion in the body or ‘oral galvanism’ as I mentioned above. Through oral galvanism, titanium implants release metal ions into the mouth and jawbone constantly. This chronic exposure may likely trigger inflammation along with allergies and autoimmune disease in susceptible individuals and slowly weaken the immune system in healthy adults.
Zirconium implants are the implants of choice for anyone who prefers a metal-free mouth. Whether you’re concerned about potential complications presented by having metals in the mouth or if you are simply looking for a more natural result, ceramic dental implants are a great alternative to titanium dental implants. Holistic dentists tend to offer ceramic dental implants to their patients precisely because they support a metal-free philosophy. As I mentioned earlier, this is the type of implant I use in my practice because bones and gums integrate better with zirconium. In addition, ceramic implants have a proven ability to resist plaque build-up, making it easier for patients to care for their implant teeth and sustain good oral hygiene.
If you need an implant and would like a consultation regarding metal-free implants, please call our office today.