Is there anything I can take to help the dental implants be successful?
Q. Dear Terry, “My teeth have always been an issue. Last month I had to get some dental surgery, including two implants. The healing process has been rather slow and frustrating, even though I’ve been following all of the instructions that were given to me. I would like to avoid another surgery, if possible. Is there anything I can take to help the dental implants be successful?” – Lily B., Pasadena, TX
A. Dear Lily, Silica is an incredibly important trace mineral and most of us are not receiving adequate amounts on a regular basis. Silica helps provide the structure of our bodies, facilitates mineral absorption, and keeps the bone-building process running smoothly – bringing more calcium into the bones, while allowing less calcium to leach away from the bones. Studies have shown that silica can increase calcium absorption by 50% and bone density by 15%.
A study of patients receiving dental implants showed that silica helped heal the tissue of the jaw and gums, while keeping the jawbone matrix stable during the surgeries. There was also no reported pain, inflammation, or implant loss. The integration of the dental implants was considered “excellent”.
The form of silica I prefer is an organic ingredient obtained from the aboveground parts of the spring horsetail (Equisetum arvense) plant. In a special process, the silica in the plant is extracted still attached to the plant bioflavonoids that support its activity in the body. Silica tends to be poorly absorbed, so look for a product that is clinically studied, extremely soluble, and virtually 100% bioavailable. I recommend taking a form that provides 40 mg of silica daily. I would take silica twice daily.
Terry . . . Naturally