A simple blood test can tell you if you’re allergic to a number of dental materials.
Find out if you are allergic to the materials in your mouth.
There are thousands of types of materials used in dentistry, and some react to and reject certain materials, because the body’s immune system thinks it is a foreign object that needs to be removed.
This is what is known as dental toxicity, and it’s one of the hot topics in dentistry at the moment.
On all new dental work, Moonlight Beach Dental uses only high-quality materials that have been proven to be highly biocompatible.
However, if you are still concerned, or if you think that your body is reacting to materials that have already been put in your mouth by another dentist, the good news is that there is a simple and scientific method to find out for sure: A simple blood test.
What is the test?
Simply put, it’s a blood test. The purpose is to find dental materials that are the least reactive to a patients body chemistry.
The reality is the some materials traditionally considered to be the least reactive may actually be reactive to some patients immune systems.
This test uses an individuals blood (drawn at a local lab) and tests it for reactivity against fillings, dentures, orthodontics, crowns and bridges, root canals, implants, bonding agents, impression materials, porcelain and ceramics.
What are “dental allergies”?
Individuals may have allergic reactions to specific foods, like shellfish, peanuts, or strawberries.
Dental allergies are similar, but the reaction isn’t so extreme to many dental materials.
In fact, many people don’t even know there’s anything out of the ordinary because they have no symptoms they know of.
What types of allergic reactions?
People can have an allergic reaction to just about any material.
The three major types of materials used in dentistry are:
- Metallic materials. This includes amalgam fillings and materials in crowns.
- Composites. This includes plastics in white fillings.
- Ceramics. This includes porcelain restorations.
How does the test work?
You will need to fast for 8 to 10 hours prior to the blood draw.
You go to a lab and have several vials of blood drawn.
After that, simply place the vials and the method of payment in the provided shipping box and place it in the mail.
Once evaluated, you receive a hard-copy bound syllabus with reactivity results for all dental materials.
This is yours, and you can share it with any dentist you visit for the rest of your life.
So… what’s the big deal?
When the immune system is constantly working to remove the foreign object from the body, it’s not a good thing – since the dental work is not going anywhere.
Many dentists are not even aware that people may be having allergic reactions to materials they’ve been using in patients’ teeth for years.