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Electrifying Implants?

Posted Mar 14 2011 10:02am

Last week, we published a post on why dental implants aren’t such a great idea . One reason: implantation triggers an autoimmune response. One common symptom of this response is inflammation.

The day after our post ran, word came out of research on a way to limit post-implant inflammation: sending a jolt of electricity through the implants.

Yes, you read that right.

According to a PhysOrg item on the study ,

One shudders at the thought of passing an electric current into a patient through the titanium screw of a dental implant. Torture? No – the correct dose of electricity can kill bacteria. A few milliamperes are sufficient, which the patient perceives either as a slight muscle contraction or not at all, depending on their sensitivity and the intensity of the current. This was shown by the experiments carried out by Dirk Mohn in the context of his doctoral thesis with ETH Zurich Professor Wendelin Stark at the Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering, in collaboration with Thomas Imfeld, Professor at the Centre for Dental Medicine of the University of Zurich.

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Nowadays, so-called peri-implantal inflammation is treated mechanically using an abrasive or laser procedure, or with locally applied antibiotics. The researchers’ aim was to develop a non-invasive method to treat such inflammation effectively and gently. “The idea originates from water purification, where an electric current is used for classical electrolysis”, says Dirk Mohn….

“Gently”? Perhaps in the sense that it’s a comfortable procedure for the patient, causing no immediate pain or distress. Still, this completely disregards the trauma of interfering with the body’s energetic meridians – again, discussed previously – upsetting the balance and health of the biological terrain, the key determinant of health and illness.

In other words, electricity may kill bacteria, but this is not its only effect.

The main problem, however, is still the implant itself.

Fortunately, they’re not your only option for aesthetically and healthfully replacing missing teeth. To learn more about better dental restoration options, explore the articles in our online library .


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