Once I can afford dental implants, I wanted to get some to replace some of the teeth I lost to old age and decay. However, I’m worried I won’t be able to due to my severe allergies. I have been allergic to nickel, cobalt, and maybe mercury for as long as I can remember. Can I get a dental implant if I’m allergic to metal? I can’t even wear metallic accessories without a reaction.
Bebe, from Cincinnati, Ohio
Metal allergies are becoming more common these days, so some dentists are moving towards holistic dentistry, which promotes metal-free and mercury-free dentistry. Holistic dentistry is not recognized by the ADA, but some dentists find it beneficial to consider a patient’s body and medical history in conjunction with dental treatment.
If your metal allergies make you nervous, you can look for a dentist that does a pure zirconia implant, with a zirconia crown on top. Zirconia is an extra-strong ceramic — the strongest non-metal implant material available. However, finding a cosmetic dentist comfortable with placing zirconia implants may take time. Dr. Rota of Colorado Springs is one of the few qualified implant specialists who does.
If you cannot find an implant dentist that does pure ceramic implants, there is good news. Dental implants are made with pure titanium, which is not among your listed allergies. Being allergic to some metals does not mean you’re allergic to all metals, but your concern is understandable. It should be pretty easy to test you for a titanium allergy prior to getting any implant surgery done.
This blog post is brought to you by Colorado Springs implant dentist, Dr. Joseph Rota, of Rota Advanced Dental Care.