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Is Tough Mudder Safe If I Have Dental Implants?

Tough Mudder recommends against participating in the electric shock challenge if you have "internal metal" -- does this warning apply if you have dental implants as well?

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Tough Mudder safety dental implants

I have a question regarding dental implants. I have two implants for my front teeth (baseball injury) that were put in back in around 2006. They are doing great. I've registered for a Tough Mudder event in June, and while physically I'm not that worried about completing it, I am worried about the two electrical obstacles. Will I be fine exposing myself to electric shock during Tough Mudder with the dental implants? Thanks! - Matt H.

A: This is actually a really good question. The Tough Mudder organization’s warnings about having internal metal in your body are referring to plates or screws that are steel, which will conduct more electricity and give you a shock. Titanium dental implants don’t conduct electricity anywhere near what these metal plates — for broken bones, for example — do.

I wouldn’t worry about the dental implants– I’d worry more about falling down and smashing and breaking those implants.

Good luck in the competition!

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Welcome! My name is Dr. Mark Burhenne, or Dr. B for short. When did we start seeing the mouth as separate from the rest of the human body?

The mouth doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It is intimately connected to the health of the rest of the body.

In fact, the bacteria and entire environment inside the mouth are connected to the rest of your body so intimately that the state of your oral health can predict whether you’ll have heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.

In my 30 years of practice as a dentist, I’ve seen a lot of misinformation and people who have fallen through the cracks due to our healthcare system’s failure to understand the oral-body connection.

I created this blog to empower people to understand how your mouth is a window into the health of the rest of your body.

It is my sincere hope that the knowledge and tools on this blog will lead to greater health and well-being for you and those you love.

Throughout this website you’ll find high-quality articles and free resources for getting and staying healthy. It’s the info I use to keep myself and my family healthy, and how I treat my patients.

I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.S. in Biochemistry and B.A. in History of Art and had the privilege of attending the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, consistently ranked among the best in the US.

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I raised three daughters without cavities (all without ingestion of fluoride). I enjoy downhill skiing, alpine touring, mountain biking, photography, and listening to jazz and classical records (you know, those flat analog 12-inch vinyl discs).

I am passionate about restoring teeth to their original function and beauty – and as someone who studied art history and is a hobbyist photographer, the intersection of art and the opportunity to help people makes dentistry my dream profession.

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Mark Burhenne DDS

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  1. I’m so glad I found this thread! I am also competing in a Tough Mudder next week. I don’t have any fillings in my teeth, but I DO have a permanent retainer behind my back teeth. In your opinion, will I also be okay exposing myself to electric shock?
    Thanks so much!

  2. I am in the same boat as Shannon, I have a wire glued to the back of my bottom teeth and I am wondering if it is safe to compete in the shock obstacles?

  3. I don’t see any answers regarding if it’s safe to go through the electric shock field with permanent foxed metal retainers? I also have fixed metal retainers on the back of my top & bottom row of teeth & am completing a Tough Mudder this saturday (may 6, 2017). Please advise if it is safe to complete the electric shock field with these.
    Thank you

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