If I have a severe metal allergy can I still get a dental implant? I lost a tooth and I’d really like to replace it with the top of the line procedure.
Absolutely! While I’m sorry you lost a tooth, I am glad you’re going for the best replacement advancements have made available. Once all stages of the implant procedure are completed, it will be like having your own natural tooth back.
Traditionally, dental implants are made with Titanium. Even those with metal allergies are rarely allergic to this particular metal. It’s extraordinarily biocompatible and is used in all types of things such as hip replacements, etc.
Non-Metal Dental Implants
You can have your dentist or doctor do an allergy test to titanium to see if you have any type of reaction. If you happen to be one of the rare people who does have a titanium allergy, we now have the capability of doing Zirconia dental implants. Zirconia has been nicknamed Ceramic Steel and is very strong.
If there is a non-metal option, why do I still recommend the titanium implants? Great question. It’s a simple matter of experience. Titanium implants have a proven track-record which and has been in use for decades. I don’t have any specific issue with their Zirconia compatriot, but they haven’t been in use as long. That is really the only hesitation I have. The material itself is sound.
Cosmetic Considerations with Dental Implants
No matter which type of dental implant you get, you’ll still need that all-porcelain crown on top. You’ll want to be absolutely certain your dentist can craft a beautiful crown. You want it to match your natural teeth perfectly.
A second consideration would be color. Once your dental implant is completed the color is permanent. If you’re not currently happy with the color of your teeth, then you’ll want to get your teeth whitened before your implant crown is made. That way, your new crown will match beautifully with your natural teeth.
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