I am in my early sixties and have had generally good dental hygiene all my life. However, in the last three to four years, I have lost the teeth in the far back of my mouth, on both sides. I would love to get implants, but have a strong allergy to metal. I am allergic to nickel, cobalt, and mercury. My allergy is so severe that I can’t even wear jeans with metal buttons or sandals with metal buckles. This leads me to believe dental implants may be an issue for me. Are there any options with non-metal materials?
Don’t think you are alone in the allergies to metal. Nickel allergies are not uncommon and several people are allergic to cobalt. In fact, it is advisable for dentists to avoid nickel in any dental procedures or appliances, because so many people are allergic to it. The mercury issues should not cause you problems, as almost all dental implants are titanium, which is not harmful. Also, you may not want to assume that, because you’re allergic to some metals, that you shouldn’t be in contact with any metals. However, if you are not sure about the use of titanium, there are implants which are made of zirconia, which is a strong ceramic. There may not be many dentists who have placed such an implant, but there are some. You just may need to put in some work to find them.
This blog post is brought to you by Colorado Springs dental implant provider, Dr. Joseph Rota.