Am I a Dental Implant Candidate if I Have a Metal Allergy?

dental implant candidate - Pittsburgh dentistDental implants are the most effective tooth replacement option available, and they’re the only solution that replaces your missing root along with the tooth. However, you must always be aware of the potential risk of developing an allergic reaction when you place a medical device such as a dental implant in your body.

Traditionally, dental implants have always been made out of a titanium metal alloy. If you have a metal allergy, these titanium implants will most likely not be an option for you. It can result in itchiness or inflammation around the implant. But more importantly, you may experience bone loss over time which may cause your dental implant to fail.

The good news is your metal allergy doesn’t have to rule you out as a dental implant candidate.Dr. Frye can use a zirconium dental implant in order to avoid any potential allergic reactions. Zirconium is a hypoallergenic and biocompatible substance made out of a ceramic material that mimics the color of your natural tooth. As a result, zirconium implants will blend in with your smile more naturally than traditional titanium dental implants.

In addition, zirconium is corrosion resistant and can withstand severe bite forces when you chew. Just as with titanium implants, zirconium implants will fuse with your jawbone during osseintegration to create a permanent replacement root. When cared for properly, your zirconium dental implant will be just as durable and long lasting as a titanium option.

Due to the serious risks associated with an allergic reaction, you should always undergo biocompatibility testing prior to having a titanium dental implant placed. If this testing reveals that you have a metal allergy,Dr. Frye will make sure your dental implants are made from zirconium in order to ensure the best possible results.

If you need to replace a missing tooth, please contact Dentonics using the form at the right side of the page or call 412-487-6910 today to schedule a dental implant consultation. We serve patients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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