I am trying to provide the best service to our patients, while also doing what is good for their overall health. What do the experts here think about the studies that show that dental implants lead to titanium particles being leached into the body and causing chronic inflammation? One study (link below) noted 1
“However, removal of the tooth and subsequent implantation submit the jawbone and body to an inflammatory process that, in most cases, leads to uneventful healing and implant stability. Multiple investigators have found that titanium implants can induce inflammation in the surrounding tissue over time, leading to the expression of certain mediators known to cause local and systemic health problems.” 1
Sample size might be small for the study, but it’s only just starting. What are your thoughts? I am at a loss for now, how do I know that I am not actually “DOING HARM” when I am suggesting implants over saving teeth?
1. EPMA J. 2018 Sep; 9(3): 331–343. Titanium implants and silent inflammation in jawbone—a critical interplay of dissolved titanium particles and cytokines TNF-? and RANTES/CCL5 on overall health? Johann Lechner et al.