Science tells us we are all biochemically unique. Which means that some dental materials could be the worst materials to use for you individually. If you have allergies, or multiple chemical sensitivities, the situation becomes even more worrisome.
While it is highly unusual for a patient to have an allergic reaction in the dental environment, there are some individuals who are allergic to some of the ingredients or materials utilized by the dentist. A small group of individuals suspect that they have amalgam-related illnesses and cannot tolerate glass ionomer cement used for small fillings. Potential side-effects seem to be connected to the cement that is used when keeping ceramics in place. A few other sensitive patients indicate possible side effects from components released from composites. Most composites function well in the majority of patients.
Like all substances, materials used in dental technology and dentistry, such as dental alloys, acrylics and ceramics, can undergo interaction with the human organism. In principle, allergic or toxic reactions may occur.
What is an allergy?
An allergy is an abnormal reaction or increased sensitivity to certain substances or “allergens.” The allergic individual produces symptoms when exposed to these substances which are harmless to non-allergic people. Many people have few, if any, allergies (except perhaps to having to work inside on a beautiful, sunny day). Others are so incredibly allergic that merely taking an aspirin or getting stung by a bee can trigger a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.
The most common allergic reactions that occur in connection with dental materials are those of Type IV, in which the time of the occurence of the allergic reaction depends on the properties of the metal, the degree of sensitisation and genetic factors. Such a reaction is usually connected with a contact stomatitis. It must be kept in mind that in the case of an allergy that is supposed to have been triggered by a dental material, a corresponding change in the mucous membrane must take place in adjacent areas in the oral cavity. If such a change is not observed, the findings are doubtful.
Types of allergic reactions
Type I (Anaphylaxis):
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If you suspect that you may have an allergic reaction to dental materials, please ask your family doctor or dentist about the reactivity test.