I have always been highly sensitive to metal. So bad, that I can’t even wear jewelry. Even coins bother me. The list goes on – my wedding ring, metal clasps or buttons, anything with metal in it causes an awful rash. So now that I’m supposed to get a dental implant, you can see that I’m a bit concerned. On my skin, I get this nasty rash that gets all pussy and disgusting. I cannot even imagine what an implant surgically placed in my jaw would do.
Now the dentist is telling me that it is 100% pure titanium and hypo-allergenic, but I am still not so sure. Do you know if there is any way I can figure out if it will be safe for me in advance? I’m not about to move forward without being absolutely sure.
– Jess in North Carolina
If it’s any consultation, metal allergies in the US are quite common. Your apprehension is completely understandable and it is surprising that your dentist didn’t really give the impression that he listened to how severe your allergy really is. He is correct in that dental implants are starting to be the best practice for replacement of a missing tooth.
The statistics show that most people have no issue with the titanium, even if they are allergic to metal. In fact, it is almost unheard of for titanium allergies to even exist. Many physicians feel that there simply is not titanium allergies. All that said, it would be very wise to consult with an allergist before moving forward with your dental implants.
Completely pure titanium dental implants, as well as titanium with an alloy component are common. Just be sure to keep your implant dentist aware of the findings with the allergist. There will be an informational packet that accompanies the dental implant and that would be good to have in hand in communicating between the two. If necessary, the dentist can contact the manufacturer to obtain a list of the exact metals that were used in fabrication of the implant.
If for some reason the allergy report does identify you as allergic to titanium, you may be a candidate for ceramic dental implants. They aren’t prevalent in the market yet, but they are starting to pop up.
Hopefully this helps you and gives some peace of mind.
This post is sponsored by Cleveland dentist Hylan Dental Care.