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:
- Placing an implant in the bone triggers an autoimmune response.
- 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.
- 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.
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