As holistic dentists, Contemporary Dentistry works hard to use the most biocompatible materials we can. If a dental material doesn’t work harmoniously with your body’s systems, it’s not a good choice for putting in your mouth, no matter what its other properties.
Part of this is our commitment to using as few metals as possible in our dentistry, something that’s supported by a new German study showing how commonly people have allergic reactions to metals at the dentist’s office. In this study, about 60% of patients surveyed had allergic responses, and more than half of those with allergies reported that metals triggered their allergic response.
As a result, we encourage people to work with a dentist who offers alternatives to problematic materials and seeks biocompatible solutions. If you have a suspected allergy or specific concern, dental materials testing can be arranged.
If I Had a Nickel for Every Allergic Patient
German researchers conducted this new study, which was published in July. The study was relatively small, using just 86 subjects, who were mostly (84%) women, but ranged in age from 24 to 86.
Most of the patients (52, 60.5%) reported one or more allergies. Many of the patients had multiple allergies–as much as 20 allergies, with an average of more than five allergies. The most common allergic trigger was metal, with more than half of patients reporting a metal allergy. Some reported allergies to composites and ceramics, but it was much less frequent.
Most people were allergic to multiple different metals. The most common metal allergy was nickel, which accounted for 29% of all metal allergies. Cobalt was the second most common metal allergy, accounting for 23% of all metal allergies. Palladium (13%) and metal amalgam (11%) also caused high numbers of allergic responses.
Symptoms of Oral Allergies
Many people reported subjective symptoms of allergies, including burning mouth, inflammation, and pain in their gums, tongue, and other soft tissues. Some reported that allergies affected their sense of taste.
But not all the symptoms were subjective. Oral exams showed swelling of the mouth and lips, some itchy rashes, red gums, and fissures in the tongue.
These allergic responses are relatively mild. Some people with allergic responses to titanium, for example, experience the loss of the implant.
Avoid Metals at the Dentist
It’s always important to be aware of what materials your dentist uses in your mouth. Of course, it’s a good idea to avoid metals whenever you can, but it’s also important that your dentist be aware that other materials can trigger allergies. Your dentist should offer allergy testing to make sure the materials used are compatible with your body.
Metal-Free Dentistry in Rochester, NY
At Contemporary Dentistry, we work hard to use as few metals as possible in our dental work. We understand that even metals like titanium can be problematic, and that’s why we offer zirconia dental implants. These can be a better choice for many people.
To learn more about hypoallergenic dentistry in Rochester, NY, please call (585) 244-3337 today for an appointment at Contemporary Dentistry.