Metal Allergy: Can I Still Get Dental Implants?

Question:

Sharon asks:
I am a 48-year old female in excellent health with an allergy to nickel. I have problems wearing any metal jewelry for more than a few hours. I am scheduled for dental implant placement next week. I’m wondering, if any negative effects have been reported in dental implant patients who may have a metal allergy? Can I still get implants?

Answer:
Answered by: Dr. Michael Tischler

Woodstock, NY

Hi Sharon,

I recommend that you discuss this nickel allergy with your dentist. Dental Implants are made from titanium, and although rare, there are some reported incidences of allergic reactions to the titanium found in dental implants.

Your best course of action, if you have a confirmed allergy to nickel, is to order a Melisa Test.

MELISA® is the world’s leading test for hypersensitivity to metals. It is used worldwide by dentists and doctors to determine whether a patient is intolerant to materials commonly used in dental restorations or bodily implants.

According to the MELISA website:
"Although titanium is considered a biocompatible metal, around 4% of all patients tested will show a positive reaction to titanium."

For more information, please visit: http://www.melisa.org/



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