How do EMF’s affect dental health, and should we be concerned? The short answer is yes. If you have titanium dental implants, cell phones placed up to your ear on the side of the implant has been shown to raise the temperature of the implant. Even a couple of degrees can make a difference, as anyone who’s ever had a fever can attest to. What happens with a temperature increase is that cytokine proteins signal immune cells to the area, causing inflammation. Inflammation begins a cascade of events that could lead to gum disease around a metal implant, also known as peri-implantitis. Zirconia implants don’t have this issue as they don’t conduct heat.