Many of my patients wonder if they can still get dental implants even if they have a metal allergy. The answer is simple: anyone with a metal allergy can still get dental implants.
Typical dental implants are made of pure titanium or titanium alloy (compounds of two or more metals), which are biocompatible to the bone and encourages bone growth and attachment to the implant – these metals are similar to the material used in orthopedic knee and hip replacements.
Some patients are concerned about whether they can get the dental implant they need due to metal allergies or sensitivity. I always tell my patients not to let this fear stop them from seeking out dental implant treatment – we have great options for patients who have metal allergies.
How Does a Metal Allergy Affect Dental Implants?
The metal used in dental implants is extensively tested, and has been approved by the FDA as a safe medical-grade material.
However, a metal allergy can stand in the way of getting traditional dental implants.
13% of people are sensitive to nickel, cobalt or chromium, these metals have the highest prevalence of metal allergy. Allergy is suspected when there is chronic inflammation and/or rash around the implant. Although not completely unheard of, dental materials have a very low chance of side effect.
I always use the highest quality, state-of-the-art implants.
If you’re concerned about a potential metal allergy before getting dental implants, a skin test can be done by your physician or allergist to ensure the safety of the implant to your body.
Zirconia: An Alternative to Traditional Dental Implants
I always take precautions up front so that my patients up front, so my patients can avoid any adverse reactions to dental implant surgery. There are many ways to ensure that even patients with metal allergies can undergo safe and effective dental implant surgery.
A great option for patients with metal allergies is a Zirconia implant. Some of the benefits include:
- Inert, with low risk of allergic reaction
- No corrosion
- Hygienic – less plaque accumulation
- Aesthetic – white material; no metal casting that can darken the gum; good for anterior restorations
I take numerous factors into account when recommending the right kind of implant for you. Not all providers offer the option for Zirconia implants, and I’m glad to have this option available for patients who can’t tolerate metals.
If you would like more info, schedule a consult with me, and we can discuss the possibilities and see what option is best for you.