Being Allergic to Dental Implants Used to Stabilise Dental Prosthetics

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Whenever a procedure involves the placement of a foreign body into the body, there is always a concern about adverse reactions to the object in question. Allergic reactions can have severe consequences in these cases, which is why it is important to know whether or not it is possible to have a bad reaction to a particular treatment. In this article we will look at whether it is possible to have an allergic reaction to the materials that comprise dental implants, an important stabilising structure in the field of prosthetic dentistry.

Allergies to dental implants

Dental implants are manufactured out of titanium or titanium alloys on the basis that these materials are not only extremely lightweight and robust, but also because they are considered biocompatible. What this means is that titanium is considered a substance that doesn’t interact badly with bodily tissues.

For these reasons titanium is also extensively used in other areas of medicine, most notably in the field of joint and limb replacement where its properties make it the perfect tool for the generation of functional and efficient prosthetics.

There are, however, instances where poor reactions to titanium have been noted. It is estimated that about 4% of patients will bear an allergy to titanium which would make them unsuitable for implantation with titanium implants. The typical signs of titanium allergies include redness, itchiness, and swelling, however these can be hard to detect once an implant has been placed within the jaw. For these reasons, testing is usually performed prior to any implant surgery with the aim of determining whether or not a person is allergic to titanium.

While allergies to this material are rare, they are reported, which means that it is important that if you do suffer from any other metal allergies you tell your dentist when discussing the prospect of a dental implant procedure.  

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