KTH Flashback: Crumbling Teeth & the Need for a Comprehensive Biological Approach
Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
Updated from the original, posted March 23, 2016
If dental nightmares are your thing, the news can feed you plenty.
First came “the horror dentist,” on trial for intentional violence and fraud. “Scores of people” have filed “complaints ranging from multiple healthy teeth removed, pieces of tools left in teeth, abscesses, recurrent infections and misshapen mouths between 2009 and 2013.”
Then came the tragic news of a 4 year old who suffered brain injury after being strapped to a papoose board and given a cocktail of sedatives over 7 hours for “a routine dental procedure.” The girl experienced multiple seizures. She can no longer speak or get up.
And then there was the “mysterious” case of the young woman whose teeth were crumbling away in her mouth. Some thought it could be an effect of her type 1 diabetes. Others begged to differ. Had it been made available to her, BTA would surely have helped clarify the situation. This type of test opens the door to physiology, which always leads to histopathology – the study of microscopic changes in tissues caused by disease. That’s the investigatory path of German Regulative (Biological) Medicine.
But crumbling teeth was only part of the horror. There was also this:
Dentists say the only treatment available to her on the NHS is to have all of her teeth extracted.
But she will still need to pay £20,000 for implants, as they are classed as cosmetic dentistry.
It’s not the price of the implants that’s so terrifying – though it is crazy-high. No, it’s the implants themselves.
Considering the amount of diseased tissue involved and the likely disorder in the extracellular matrix, implants would only add to the burden this young woman had to deal with – with their propensity to trigger an autoimmune response and confound the energetics of the meridian system. She also seemed to have quite a few amalgam fillings, so it would be surprising if she were not extremely mercury toxic, as well.
And “dentists” wanted to add yet another burden to an already stressed out system?
As Dr. V says,
If a regulatory deficiency is already present in a patient, then any dental operation (implants, e.g.) can be contraindicated. This is especially true for incorporating new dental substances – even fillings – because the individual can no longer compensate for additional burdening stimuli. As a result, functional regulatory disruptions may develop that can become disease-producing processes.
Yet the article acts as if implants are the only option for replacing teeth. They aren’t. Yet as previously noted, dentists continue to be urged to “educate” their patients until implants become not an option but “an assumption.”
This “rush to dental implants as a solution to the dental needs of today’s trusting patients,” says Dr. Ron Carlson, “is overstated, overused, ill advised, and very often much abused.” (Read more about the selling of implants.”)
Though no one likes the idea of dentures, when many teeth need to be replaced, they remain the better option. They’re certainly more economical, and they can be made with lightweight, flexible, biocompatible materials. Modern materials properly constructed and fitted are nothing like the “Roebuckers” image you may have when you hear the word “dentures” – big, fake-looking, ill-fitting plates. Yes, they do involve special care – but so do implants.
But, still, what about her teeth? you might be wondering. What could make them crumble like that?
One possibility: amelogenesis imperfecta nephrocalcinosis syndrome – a rare disorder which causes teeth to be small, discolored, pitted or grooved, and prone to rapid wear and breakage. You can see pictures of it here and read a case report here.
Or it could be something else. A full biological evaluation is needed to know for sure – and point the way toward better solutions. When something like this is going on, replacing the teeth does everything for aesthetics but nothing to treat the underlying cause.
Mouth image via Help me smile again…;
partial image via Glidewell Laboratories