Cell Phone Use Increases Health Risks for Metallic Dental Implant Patients
Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) or the invisible radiation which is continuously emitted from cell phones, cell phone towers, wireless Internet, power lines, household electrical wiring and elsewhere is now being implicated in a growing number of serious symptoms, including headaches, unexplained fatigue and even mental confusion. These types of adverse effects can happen to anyone, but most particularly to people who are known to be electrosensitive. There are several factors that can create an increased risk factor to which a person may be affected by electromagnetic fields, including metallic dental implants and/or amalgam (silver) tooth fillings. This seemingly unrelated factor can significantly increase a body’s reception to the mircrocurrents from cell phones and other ambient fields.
How metal implants may exaggerate harmful effects posed by cell phone use
Cell phones constantly emit electromagnetic radiation called RF (radio frequency) and EMF (electromagnetic fields). As cell phones are used in close proximity to the head, therefore increasing EMF intensity to the brain during use, there is clear potential for EMF emissions to generate harmful effects to any of the 300 million healthy cell-phone users in the United States today. However, patients who are already recognized as electrosensitive as well any anyone who may have metallic dental implants, amalgam fillings and/or dental repairs are potentially at a much higher risk.
New research on the subject says that up to eight percent of populations in developed countries experience serious electrohypersensitivity symptoms, while 35 percent experience mild symptoms, (as reported by Dr. Thomas Rau, medical director of the world-renowned Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland). According to this study a person’s EMF sensitivity can fluctuate depending on these contributing factors:
bone density, and
water and electrolyte levels
Heavy metals in the brain can also act as micro-antennas, concentrating and increasing reception of EMF radiation.
Electrifying the problem through galvanism
The use of metallic repairs in the mouth is known to have the ability to create a potentially dangerous situation called ‘galvanism’. The body’s normal electrical (bioenergetic) current fluctuates at about 450 millivolts. Galvanism occurs when saliva mixes with amalgam (metal) fillings or implants which can cause the normal oral electric current to soar to around 1,000 millivolts, or higher. When you factor in the amplified EMF fields associated with cell phone use this number can go even higher. Such a highly charged electrical current can quite easily overpower the body’s normal electrical flows and potentially interfere with energy flow to the brain and cause irritations to the nervous system.
Electrical interference can short circuit the whole body
Cell phone radiation is suspected of being a factor in a wide range of health problems including headaches, pressure or tingling in the head, earaches, eye problems including distortion of vision, memory loss and fatigue. As the level of EMF exposure continues to rise, so do the risks of long term serious health issues, including; brain tumors, DNA alteration or damage, lymphoma and changes to the brain’s electrical activity. For patients who have metallic dental repairs, the risk is quantified significantly.
Nobody knows with certainty what long-term health consequences EMF-induced biological effects may lead to – or how comingling metal implants and dental repairs with EMF radiation from cell phones might affect the human body. However, researchers are now beginning to discover that electromagnetic emissions from cell phones can cause significant biological effects — and evidence strongly suggests that metallic dental implants do create an electrical resonance of their own. These two factors combined create serious challenges to the long term health and wellness of anyone who has been fitted with metallic dental repairs.
Electrical currents and the immune system
The electric currents and ionic flow between various dental alloys is known to cause irritation in the trigeminal nerve which is the main cranial nerve system; blocking the flow of major acupuncture (or energy) meridians. Blocks in the body’s natural flow of energy can lead to overall dysfunction throughout the body, activating the immune system, which in turn can lead to chronic and debilitating health issues. Scientific studies associated with oral galvanism have clearly illustrated that currents of just over 5 microamps is more than enough to cause significant health problems such as headaches, migraines, dizziness, nausea, etc.
Removing the amalgam filling, metallic dental implant or dental repair essentially eliminated the problem in patients participating in clinical studies.
Studies on metallic implants and cell phone use
Researchers in one study involved two basic types of implants: metallic pins and rings in the surface layers of the human body – positioned near the mobile phone. The goal in this case was to discover ‘the worst case scenario’ with respect to energy absorption. Researchers noted that “Based on the simulations of this study, the local absorption of EM field in a limited volume may be significantly (even by a factor of 700) enhanced by a conductive implant in the surface layer of a human body. The mobile phone and the metallic implant are strongly coupled, especially when the implant is close to a mobile phone, its length is in resonance with the field, and it is aligned with the antenna. This coupling can be either conductive, magnetic or both (Troulis et al 2003).”
Watch out for these symptoms
One suggestion for reducing exposure to harmful EMF radiation when using a cell phone would be to make only short and essential calls, particularly when not using a hands-free device. Some studies suggest that positioning the phone’s antenna as far away from the body as possible during a call may also be helpful.
How can you tell if your cell phone is causing a problem? Several topical symptoms are immediately recognizable and they include:
Warmth behind the ear
Warmth on the ear, and
What is the long term solution?
Removing any amalgam fillings, metal fixtures, metallic dental implants or other dental repairs help to eliminate health problems in patients. Ceramic dental implants and non-metallic repairs are the best alternative. Ceramics are highly resistant to corrosion and superior to other implant materials such as titanium and amalgams for both durability and aesthetics. They also have a higher level of human biocompatibility and do not conduct radioactive frequencies.
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Note: The concept for this article and many of the sources were graciously provided by Dr. Sammy Noumbissi. Dr. Noumbissi is a skilled implantologist working with ceramic dental implants in the Washington D.C. area. You can learn more at www.MilesofSmilesDental.net.
Almost every element in nature has some measure of radioactivity associated with it including seemingly innocuous elements such as water, milk, vegetables and meat. So it is not surprising to learn that many materials used in dentistry today have some level of radioactivity including Zirconium based implants. By looking at the chart below you can see that Zirconium can contain a certain number of radioactive isotopes. In worst case scenarios, Radioactive Isotopes are known to increase the chance of various oral cancers, so knowing what level of radioactivity is involved is important for anyone who may be considering dental implant surgery.
“In the case of Zirconium, this natural radioactivity is related to natural exposure with other elements,” says James B. Francis, President Z-Systems USA, Inc. “The manufacturer of our raw material is the same manufacturer who has been making the Zirconia hip ball replacements for the past 30 years. Its process of removing the natural contamination is state of the art and results in the highest purity of raw Zirconia available.”
The Physics of Dental Ceramics (Zirconium) compared to other common elements
Atomic # (Z)
Atomic Wt (A)
Radiation Len. (cm)
The atomic number is the number of protons in the nucleus of an atom.
The atomic mass is the mass (weight) of all the components of the atom but is dominated by the nucleus composed of protons and neutrons. It is the mass of the atom at rest, measured in atomic mass units.
Electron density: the number of electrons per unit volume; volume charge density = electric charge per unit volume of a medium or body measured in coulombs per meter cubed; surface charge density = electric charge per unit area of a surface measured in coulombs per meter squared.
In physics, the radiation length is a characteristic of a material, related to the energy loss of high energy, electromagnetic-interacting particles with it. The mean distance traveled by a relativistic particle in a given medium before its energy is reduced by a factor e by its interaction with matter.
Relative density: The density of a substance divided by the density of water (formerly called specific gravity) which has a maximum density of 1000kg m-3; therefore the relative density of any substance is one-thousandth of its density.
Zirconia hip ball replacements weigh approximately 100g, which translates to a yearly natural radiological output of 1 mSv per year. Z-Systems Z-Look3 implants weigh approximately 1g, which translates to a yearly natural radiological output of 0.01 mSv per year. To put that in perspective, a look at the comparison levels of other items which have radioactive output might be helpful:
2.4 mSv/year the amount equal to the typical background radiation experienced by everyone (average 1.5 mSv in Australia, 3 mSv in North America).
Up to 5.0 mSv/year represents the typical incremental dose for aircrew in middle latitudes.
9.0 mSv/year equals the amount of exposure experienced by airline crew flying the New York – Tokyo polar route.
20 mSv/per year is the current limit (averaged) for nuclear industry employees and uranium miners.
50 mSv/per year is the former routine limit for nuclear industry employees. It is also the dose rate which arises from natural background levels in several places in Iran, India and Europe.
Uranium = White Teeth
Oral implants are produced from a highly purified form of Zirconia material which contains extremely low radiation emission levels, although all manufacturers of Zirconia dental implants are required to provide a declaration of radioactivity for their Zirconium based dental products. The use of radioactive compounds in dental ceramics has to do with cosmetic results and the need to copy the luster of natural teeth in an implant. Human dentine is naturally very bright in color and in an attempt to duplicate this characteristic, uranium is added to both artificial teeth and ceramic powders for the manufacturing of crowns and bridges, a practice that originated as far back as the 1920’s. A patent just a few decade later presented by inventors Lee and Müller describes a mixture of cerium and uranium as,”… creating an improved shade of white”.
Zirconium compounds are refined for dental use from naturally occurring ores, notably zircon, which usually contain trace amounts of other elements depending upon the source of the original ore, including trace amounts of radioactive nuclides. In 1992 ceramic radioactivity was addressed by Anusavice KJ in an article titled ‘Degradability of dental ceramics’ which observed in part that … “The degradation of dental ceramics generally occurs because of mechanical forces or chemical attack. The possible physiological side-effects of ceramics are their tendency to abrade opposing dental structures, the emission of radiation from radioactive components…”
Further research pointed out that the radiation emitted by a dental ceramic powder (3 mol% Y2O3-ZrO2) was the same as alumina powder (note: aluminum is an element, and alumina is an aluminum containing compound), both of which were several orders of magnitude less than that typically measured for water, milk, vegetables and meat (based on European standards). The radioactivity of zirconia Y-TZP artificial hip joints has been shown to be similar to that of alumina and cobalt-chrome. The radiation dose of each material was recorded at that time to be well below European radiation limits recommended for the human body including local internal exposure of organs and tissue. It was documented to be no more than the ambient radiation of environmental surroundings.
In a similar study, radiation levels of several commercially available zirconia powders commonly used to manufacture implants in Australia (Nilcra Ceramics, Melbourne) were tested and documented as ‘minimal and well below acceptable limits’. The Radiation Health Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia now deems that magnesia partially stabilized zirconia artificial hip joints made from these powders pose “very little hazard to surrounding tissue”.
In the United States, the primary raw material used in the manufacture of zirconium dioxide is zircon silicate (ZrSiO4), which is rendered into a higher form of purity (ZrO2) when melted with coke and lime. Since extremely pure initial products must be used for high-performance ceramics such as those used in dental implants and special synthesis methods have been developed specifically for this product; a process that works to create the strongest, most durable dental ceramic product available today.
Where does the radiation go?
Research has shown that all radiation is absorbed withinto the bulk of the material in such extremely dense ceramics. For example, in the case of artificial hip joints, any radiation from the femoral head is absorbed primarily by the surrounding artificial materials.
Continuous testing and research from the medical implant field demonstrates that the actual radiation risk of zirconia ceramics is negligible, certainly no more than that of alumina – and consistent with the level of radiation found to occur naturally in healthy environments.
The Benefits of Zirconium Implants and Dental Ceramics
Overall, Zirconium implants are highly resistant to corrosion and superior to other implant materials such as titanium and have a higher level of human biocompatibility and superior aesthetic value for patients. They are ideal for anyone whose immune systems are not compatible with titanium implants and for patients who may have metal allergies. Zirconium implants are far more durable with less risk of breakage. They are also capable of holding up to the extreme changes in temperature found in the human mouth
Furthermore, being bright white in color zirconium implants have a definite advantage or aesthetic value over titanium dental implants by eliminating the possibility of the unsightly grey appearance that titanium exhibits.
Before the advent of dental implants, lost teeth could only be replaced by bridges or dentures, which meant that significant portions of the natural tooth had to be removed in order to accommodate the dental appliance. These appliances were made of metal and metal alloys containing a mix of substances including copper, silver and nickel – all substances that can cause a cascade of damaging effects on the human immune system. Dentures, once installed, are uncomfortable, cause embarrassment and create the perfect environment for decay of the remaining natural teeth. To top that off, the material dentures are made of can also create toxic effects on the body, and the total loss of natural teeth causes the jaw to deform and recede, significantly altering a person’s natural appearance.
A Better Option
By the mid-60s dental implants began to revolutionize the field of dentistry. Originally designed as a way to stabilize dentures, over the years the technology developed to allow for restorations of a single tooth without causing damaging to the surrounding teeth. At first the only material on the market was titanium, chosen for its mechanical and comparatively low biological properties. Research and reports collected over the years began to point to potential health related issues of titanium, and so the dental field kept watching for a more appealing product to enter the implant market. Ceramics (ceramic zirconium) is that material.
Ceramic zirconium combines biocompatibility with mechanical properties well beyond that of titanium. In the mid-90s the first zirconium dental implant was developed in Switzerland. Over time research led to greater improvements in the product that made it possible for the first prototypes of a new zirconium implant used in Germany beginning in 2000. Four years later the implant was certified in Europe and used in 2000 patients, verifying the products superior properties. Ceramic zirconium is a material of choice for dental restorations today, and the product most recommended by holistic, biological and natural dentistry.
Ultimately, the advantages of ceramic zirconium include:
Significantly reduced plaque adhesion, making it easier to clean and maintain than titanium
Free of metals
Natural white appearance
Superior gum regeneration
The holistic dental community has been able to embrace the newer forms of dental implants presented by ceramic zirconium by the advantages it offers patients including biocompatibility and presenting few to no adverse reactions of the human immune system. The natural white coloring of the material is much preferred over the gray of titanium, offering a pleasing cosmetic appeal. In addition, the long-term health benefits presented by zirconium implants include its apparent ability to resist plaque build-up, making it easier for patients to care for their teeth and sustain good oral hygiene.
Another added benefit of zirconium implants has to do with how well the gums react to the material following surgery, lessening incidents of gum disease, a high contrast to results observed in cases where titanium implants were chosen. Appreciating the low impact of zirconium implants can only be achieved when it is compared to titanium. With titanium products there is a trail of complications including gum disease and inflammation likely caused by the free radicals present in the metal. Additional issues include:
foreign body response (rejection)
cancer and other autoimmune disorders
Our goal is to provide absolute metal-free, biocompatible dentistry. Ceramic options are proven holistic, aesthetic and hygienic over other their metal counterparts. Contact our office for more information, or to schedule an evaluation appointment: Request a Ceramic Dental Implant Evaluation
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And so natural dentistry, dentistry that’s good for your teeth, dentistry that’s good for your health. It’s quite different. You can find more information about this on our website. That website is trynaturaldentistry.com. It’s very easy to remember, trynaturaldentistry.com. You’ll see our new, revamped, redesigned website, a great way for you to find all the information you need to know about root canals, about mercury, about fluoride, about bite balances, about our new technology, all of that is found on our website. You can find out more about this type of dentistry. Great stuff.
I also have some product reviews. A lot of people go on this website. It’s probably one of the top dental websites in the world or in the www, on the Internet. And so if you want information, go to that information. I talk about toothbrushing. I talk about fluoride. I talk about all of this stuff. Very controversial, I agree because what you are listening to or what you have seen on our website or on our Facebook page is going to be different than other dental websites and other dentists so be prepared. Be prepared. If you want to know more, if you want to know both sides of the story, go to our website and then go to other people’s websites and figure out which one fits well with you.
I’m Dr. Marvin, Let’s Talk Dentistry. Yesterday, we had a great, great experience. A patient came in the morning, first thing. A little apprehensive like most people about going to the dental office. We scheduled to do – what’s called a cavitation surgery or a surgery where we go into the jawbone and clean out stuff that’s not supposed to be there. And this is a pathology or there’s an infection that’s in the jawbone that most people don’t feel. Most people do not know that there’s anything going on inside the jawbone and unfortunately, most doctors and dentists don’t know anything about this.
It’s called osteonecrosis or osteomyelitis, which basically means that there is not any good bone in the bone and because there’s an infection and if there’s no blood flow going to the area, if there’s no solid bone, if there’s an infection, then that infection can affect your whole body. The infection can go from your tooth, to your heart, to other organs, start another infection elsewhere. This is called dental foci or areas where there is an infection that can travel elsewhere.
Well, it was great because our patient allowed us to videotape it and because she allowed us to videotape it, thank you, we are able to share that video with you. Unfortunately, it’s being edited right now and as a bonus for being our listener, you can go to our Facebook page, like our page. That means you have to press the little button at the top that says ‘Like’ and once you press ‘Like’, you’ll get updated when we have that video on. So go to our website, join our newsletter list, go to our Facebook page, facebook.com/naturaldentistry.
You’ll get all the updates, speaking of which, I also put some information in there about a very toxic substance and I’m not talking about mercury this time but I can. The toxic substance is formaldehyde and if you don’t know this already, formaldehyde is a carcinogen or it creates or causes cancer, something that you want to stay far away from. I put an article or I put a link to the article on our Facebook page where it stated that – I think it’s a New York Times article, where it stated that formaldehyde is a carcinogen and it was just published a couple of months ago, I think in June, and how it’s really bad for you.
Unfortunately, in dentistry, we go by traditions and formaldehyde is a tradition in dentistry. Formaldehyde is in a certain product that’s called formocresol and it’s used a lot in pediatric dentistry and adult dentistry, more specifically when you have a baby root canal done. Why do I know about this? Because I used to do these. Baby root canals are called pulpotomies where they go in. Since the roots are not completely filled but there are nerves and arteries and lymphatics in there, they need to be cleaned out especially when the cavity is very big.
So if a dentist recommends a stainless steel crown or a crown on a baby tooth, a lot of times they’ll recommend a pulpotomy or a baby root canal. The number one substance that they use to clean out the root canal is formocresol. Well, formo- is formaldehyde. It’s about 49% formaldehyde. So if this is a carcinogen, causes cancer, why are we using this substance in our kids’ mouths, especially when they have a root canal?
It’s a big problem so you need to know more about this. You need to ask your dentist, do they use formocresol. And I’m going to tell you, use the precautionary principle and if it’s not safe for you and you’re not sure, don’t use it. Run out of the office and go find a different office or call the office but formocresol is still used. It’s been used for hundreds of years – not hundreds of years but for about a hundred years in dentistry and we need to stop using it.
Now, be careful because there are other products out there that don’t have formo- in the name but it still has formocresol – I mean it still has formaldehyde in it. So you got to be careful. If you know anything about me, I always want to focus on health and I’m always picky about the ingredients that dentists use because they’re not giving all the risks and problems that can occur from procedures or from using certain materials. That’s why at the Center for Natural Dentistry, we really focus on using materials that are safe for you.
So be careful. That information is on our Facebook page so if you’re not on Facebook, get on Facebook. If you don’t want to be on Facebook, get on Facebook anyway just so that you can get our information, our up-to-date information. That’s all I got to say.
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Other topics that I could talk about, which I could talk about today is orthodontics but I want to fast forward that because that first segment was too long. I want you to talk – I want to talk about titanium implants or dental implants because this week, we placed a very, very, very – or I think it was last week. We’ve placed a ceramic implant that I want to talk about that was quite amazing. It was a great surgery and the patient was so happy. Ceramic implants are coming around. Most dentists don’t know anything about ceramic implants. They know a lot about dental implants.
I was at a continuing education course probably about two weeks ago and it was funny because the guy that was speaking was talking about implants and about 20 years ago if a dentist were to do implants, they will be looked at as, “You’re weird. What are you doing? You’re placing this metal into someone’s jaw. How barbaric or how gross.” Nowadays, you’re weird or crazy not to offer dental implants. It’s very interesting how perception changes over time based on what’s happening.
Cosmetic dentistry is exactly the same thing. We’re doing a lot of cosmetic dentistry in our office. It used to be weird to do cosmetic dentistry. You’re thought to be an outside. But now cosmetic dentistry is normal. It’s mainstream.
Well, I’m going to tell you that natural dentistry or biological dentistry is weird to a lot of dentists. It’s weird to a lot of people because it’s very different. I’m going to tell you that in about 15, 20 years, it’s going to be standard. It’s what’s going to be the hottest things. Look at all the grocery stores out there that are now serving or now providing organic fruits and vegetables. Before, it was like, why? Why do you have to do that? Now, it’s like it’s the in thing to do. It’s the right thing to do. Well, that’s what dentistry is all about.
So, implants are normal. We’re on cutting edge because we use ceramic implants and it’s a great topic. We placed one this past week and it’s phenomenal how we did it, why we did it and the patient is floored. She’s very, very happy.
I’m going to take a call right now. Hello, this is Let’s Talk Dentistry, Dr. Marvin. How may I help you?
Michael: Yeah, I was curious about fluoride treatments for my children the dentist wants to give because I know fluoride’s not very healthy in the water and toothpaste.
Dr. Marvin: Oh, absolutely, and that’s a good question and your name, sir?
Dr. Marvin: Hi, Michael. Thanks for calling. Fluoride in the fluoride treatments in the dental office is very, very bad for you. And the reason is because it’s a super high dose of fluoride. I mean super high dose. And what they’re going to do is the dental office is going to push these on you because they’re money makers and a lot of times, insurance pay for them especially when they’re done on kids. So it’s quick money. This is something that they’ve done all the time and as you know, it’s toxic in our water. It’s toxic in high amounts and so why are we doing it? It’s because we’re focused only on the money. Our dentists are only focused on the money and because insurance will pay for it. So I say stay away from them. Kindly just tell the dentist or the hygienist or the assistants that you’ll pass on this. They may look at you weird. They may say, “Why? It’s good for you” or “Why? Your insurance is going to be paying for you. You don’t have to come out a pocket for it.” Just stay away from it. You will never put any poison inside your own mouth. Don’t put it in your children’s mouth.
Dr. Marvin: Alright?
Michael: That’s what I thought. I just wanted some clarification.
Dr. Marvin: Yes. Go to this website. It is called fluoride and make sure you spell fluoride F-L-U-O, not F-L-O-U, fluoridealert.org. I think it’s .org. It’s one of the two. It’s either .org or .com. And you’ll find out a ton of information about fluoride. If you go to one of them, it goes to the American Dental Association website which is a pro-fluoride site and then go to the other one, it’s the anti-fluoride site. You’ll find tons of information about fluoride on how a danger that is. Alright?
Michael: Cool. Thank you very much.
Dr. Marvin: Thanks, Michael. Thanks for calling in. Yes, that’s what we get. We get lots of people call for lots of different things, a lot of things that they’re not really quite sure about. They may be in the car. It’s like they went to the dentist and they say, “Hey, let’s go ahead and call Dr. Marvin and see what’s up.” So thank you, Michael, for that call.
Let me get back to my topic of dental implants. Dental implants are considered the third set of set. Your first set being your baby teeth, second set meaning your secondary or your adult teeth, implants are considered your third set of teeth. Now, dental implants are used a lot and dental implants are being pushed a lot because A, insurance are starting to cover it and B, it’s good treatment and a lot of dentists are starting to place dental implants.
Now, here’s the problem with dental implants. The problem with dental implants is that the surgeon or the dentist that is putting it in should be very, very experienced or have a lot of continuing education to know when is the right time to place a dental implants and when it is not to place the right time. A lot of times, money gets in the way of how things should work. And so, in our dental practice, we focus on placing dental implants in the ideal situation. If it is not an ideal situation, you do not want to place a dental implant.
The ideal situation to place a dental implant is when you have good bone quality and good bone quantity. That means you have enough bone and you also have very good quality bone because if you place a dental implant in a jaw that doesn’t have that much bone, you’re compromising and then the implant could possibly fail. If you’re placing a implant in a bone that is not of good quality, then it will fail.
Now, a lot of bone that implants are being placed in is of bad quality and if it’s a bad quality, why is it of bad quality? Now this is where I differ from a lot of other dentists because as I was telling you earlier about cavitations, infections in your jawbones, there are a lot of infections that are left inside the jawbones after teeth are being extracted. That’s why we have a special protocol to remove the infections after we extract the teeth.
So if you had a tooth extracted and not everything was cleaned out properly, you can have an infection. Now later on, you want to place a dental implant in there and it’s still infected then your implant’s going to fail. So it’s a waste of money. That’s why you need to get things done right. You need to go to a dentist that understands infections, and understands treatment planning for dental implants and also understands about the bigger picture.
So go to a dentist – if you want to schedule a visit with us, our special this week is for the first seven callers who’ll get a free dental implant consultation. That’s a free dental implant consultation with me or Dr. Godes and a free Cone Beam CT scan X-ray, an incredible X-ray, $350 value just for the X-ray alone where you’ll see if you’re a candidate for dental implants because if you don’t have enough bone, meaning that if there’s a nerve there or if your sinus is coming down, then dental implants is not going to be a good situation for you. We need to figure out some other options.
So if you have a missing tooth or you have a tooth that is about to be taken out or if you have a root canal that is giving you problems and you’ve heard us before and you want to have that root canal taken out, now is a great time to get this consultation scheduled and so you can move forward and get your tooth replaced.
Now, if you don’t replace the tooth right away after the tooth is being extracted, there’s a certain window and time where your bone is going to start to wither away. And if your bone starts to wither away or resorbing and you have less bone, your option for dental implants go away. So it’s important that you get this information right now so that you can plan for the future.
Now, there are other dentists, periodontists, oral surgeons, dentists that believe in the theory that’s called grafting. It’s grafting or taking a graft. I’m going to tell you that bon grafting is being promoted a lot these days because they need to preserve the bone so that they can do an implant later on. Here’s one of the problems. Bone grafting material is not from your body so if it’s not from your body, where is it coming from? It’s either coming from a synthetic bone so you’re putting something that’s not real inside your bone, which most dentists don’t know how to test, or it comes from a different animal like cow so it comes from a cow bone or it comes from pig bone or if it comes from a different person.
Now, if someone puts bone grafting material into you that is not you, it’s kind of like when they implant – they do a transplant for your liver or your heart or whatever, they need to make sure it’s a good match. Do they do a good match when they put bone inside your jaw? I’m going to tell you that most of the time, they don’t know how to check it and they don’t do it. So, be very cautious. We do not do bone grafting at our office. I’m going to tell you that we don’t want to put anything into your body that is going to continually force your body to fight against it. So bone grafting. Come to our office, schedule a visit and figure something out.
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Male: Yes, sir. You were mentioning about the – when a tooth is pulled, they should give time for the infection to be cleaned out and I got a tooth pulled a couple of years ago and the dentist made me come back like 90 days later and because he said that it had to heal and during the healing time, isn’t the infection kind of clearing out of the part where the tooth was?
Dr. Marvin: Very good question. Yes and no. It depends. It depends on what the infection was before the tooth was pulled out, depends on your ability to clean out infections or in other words, your immune system and also, what was the condition of the tooth, like what kind of bacteria was in that area. So your body has a natural tendency to clean out or to defend itself or to clean things out. I’m going to tell you 95% of the time, dentists when they pull out teeth, they don’t take the necessary procedures to clean out the socket to prevent what’s called cavitations or infections.
So there can be a bigger infection there after you have a tooth pulled because the dentist only pulled the tooth. They should have cleaned out the socket in addition to pulling out the tooth. Unfortunately, it’s a time thing. Most dentists are satisfied with the tooth being pulled and they don’t go in and clean the socket. I’m going to tell you that we spend about 15 to 20 minutes longer every time we pull out a tooth than most dentists because we’re cleaning out the infections. Most dentists just don’t do it properly.
So, if you were to come to our office, what we would do is we would test the new bone that has been formed there to see if the infection has been removed because if the infection has not been removed and you have that lingering infection, low grade infection that’s constantly bombarding your body that can get bigger and you will have no symptoms because of it. It’s one of the tragedies or travesties that are going on in dentistry right now is that dentists are extracting teeth but not cleaning out infections.
Male: When I had my tooth pulled, there was a lot of bleeding for a number of hours and the dentist told me as the blood comes out, any infection would come out with the blood. Is that accurate?
Dr. Marvin: That is true. You actually want there to be a lot of bleeding. Bleeding is one of your body’s mechanisms for getting rid of stuff. So if you got a cut in the arm, bleeding will make sure that there’s nothing that gets sucked in, everything is pushed out. So bleeding is one of your body’s natural defense mechanisms.
So when you have a tooth pulled and there’s blood, that’s great and then it’s going to continue to ooze it. But a dentist does not know if that clears everything out. So if you don’t clear everything out the first time the surgery is done when the tooth is pulled, you might have to go back in there later on and clean it out. If you feel like and this is another thing that I should get talked to on some show is if the person feels – gut feeling, the patient feels that there is still something going on in there, I’m going to tell you chances are there is still something going on in there.
Our body has an innate ability to know what’s going on. A professional, a licensed professional, they may get their ego in the way and say, “No, it’s fine. It’s done. It’s clean. There should not be any problems.” But as you know, there’s a lot of practitioners out there that don’t know why certain things happen and they say, “Oh, it’s either in your mind or I don’t know.” So just be very careful about that, George. I encourage you to schedule a visit at our office and get that site checked. Okay?
Male: Thank you, sir.
Dr. Marvin: Alright. Great call. Great call. We always have great new questions and those are all great questions. So make sure that you get your tooth extracted properly and the infections taken out because if you want to have a dental implant, which is probably the choice then you want to do every step properly. This information that I’m providing you is great knowledge. It empowers you to make the right decisions, to make the right choices and the best choice right now is to call us, 760-536-1199.
The first seven callers that call right now will be scheduled today. Rose will call you back today to get you that scheduled appointment. So it is a free Cone Beam X-ray, $360 value where we go and evaluate how much bone you have for a dental implant and we’ll also give you a free dental implant consultation. You want to call right now and let me give you that number one last time before I go, 760-536-1199. Hope you have a great week. I’m Dr. Marvin. I’m out of here. Bye bye.
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