Dental Implants have become the people’s choice of restoration for replacing decayed, damaged, or missing teeth. Millions of people have been provided with a confidence, better oral function, a new quality of life, and of course dental health. Most of these people have no complications or serious side effects.
Most dental implants use a metal bar for reconstruction except for Zirconia implants which contain no metal. The use of the metal bar in implants are excellent due to its weight versus its strength as well as other mechanical abilities, but titanium metal used for reconstruction in implants could be a problem for some people.
Titanium Dental Implants Allergies
Although titanium allergies are not very common, 4% of people tested will test positive to being allergic to titanium according to clinical studies using MELISA technology. This technology is used to detect and monitor sensitivity to metals. MELISA is not 100% reliable, but is more accurate than simple skin patch tests because it shows the reaction of titanium to your blood and body tissue. An allergic reaction to titanium metal can range from mild to extremely severe with symptoms such as:
- pain, loose, or weakening of implants
- rash or hives
- sores and swelling of mouth tissues
- acne-like and facial swelling
- muscle and joint pain
- neurological problems
Corrosion and Reactivity of Dental Implant
When dental implants are worn, they are flooded at times by the saliva in your mouth when you eat, drink, and talk. When the saliva interacts with the metal in your implants this causes corrosion. It is the result of small areas of saliva on the surface of the implant that causes the environment of corrosion. This can cause instability, and compromise the lie span and unexpected failure of the dental implant.
Reactions from the corrosion can also cause cancer effects and is said to have some electrical implications which have not been researched thoroughly.
On the other hand, dental implants can have an electrical reaction to other metals in your mouth. The reaction is known as a process called galvanic corrosion. Galvanic corrosion is not common in the application of dental implants because the dental screw is the only metal object used for the restoration. There are some people that will be affected when the metal material of the dental screw has an electrical reaction to the metal used for dental fillings through the tissue surrounding the implant in your mouth.
The main things to know about titanium dental implants are:
- Low probability of complication
- Risks of Corrosion
- Can react electrically to other metals in your mouth
West Hollywood Dentist can assist you in your decision in choosing what type of dental implant is best for you. The dental team will allow you to be tested for titanium allergies before a final decision is made for your safety. The MELISA test is a good option. If you are allergic to titanium or not West Hollywood Dentist can help you improve or renew your smile. Call us at 323-654-2840 to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation. Let West Hollywood implant Dentist make you smile again!