For seven years, actor Dick Van Dyke suffered with pounding headaches, chronic fatigue, insomnia, and neurological symptoms. Doctors were at a loss; an MRI, a spinal tap, and other tests were all normal. Van Dyke finally resorted to a plea on Twitter: “‘ ‘Anyone got any ideas?’ “. It turned out that dental implants that replaced missing teeth were causing his symptoms. The root of the implants were titanium, a metal that is biocompatible for most people.
Although titanium is generally considered safe, one study showed that patients had severe health problems after receiving dental implants. Medical issues included neurological problems, depression, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Once the implants were removed, the patients’ health improved dramatically.
Studies have also found that implanted titanium can cause abnormal cells to form, which could precede the beginning of oral cancer. Two articles published in the Journal of the American Dental Association indicated that dental implants either caused or aggravated oral cancers.
Zirconium dental implants, which use high-impact ceramic (zirconium oxide), are more compatible with the human body and may be a safer choice. “Zirconium is an inert metal, and zirconium implants are becoming more widely available in this country,” says Dr. Brownstein, a holistic doctor.
Dr. Brownstein says, “So, if you are suffering and not getting any answers, filling, root canals, and implants should be considered as possibly upsetting the electrical activity of the head and neck causing headaches, brain fog, and other symptoms people don’t ordinarily connect with dental implants.”
Monday, June 3, 2013