Oral Galvanism: How Dental Metal Restorations Can Cause Health Problems

In dentistry, various types of materials are used in order to restore or replace a damaged tooth. More often than not these otherwise durable materials are made of metal and are used for fabrication of full-metal or metal-reinforced crowns, mercury “silver” fillings, orthodontic brackets and retainers, removable partial dentures, and titanium implants. However, these metals are not biocompatible as they release metal ions and challenge the immune system causing hypersensitivities and allergies and have been linked to autoimmune diseases. An example of metal used in dental restorations is chromium, nickel, cobalt, silver, gold, titanium, tin, and zinc. Amalgam fillings are also composed of me

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