Have you ever heard of someone being allergic to his or her dental treatment? Specifically their dental crown? Believe it or not – it’s possible. Many types of crowns implement the use of metals (such as a porcelain fused to metal crown) that could cause irritation and sensitivity in people with allergies to particular metals.
How Do I Know if I Have a Metal Allergy?
Most people with metal allergies already know that they do. These are people who experience tissue irritation, swelling, or redness when they wear jewelry made of non-precious metals. For instance, costume jewelry like earrings or bracelets may cause their skin to itch and become red. These are the same types of people that may need to avoid the use of metal crowns when having their teeth treated.
What are Symptoms of Oral Allergies?
If you currently have a metal base crown that is causing an allergic response, your tooth will experience symptoms similar to gingivitis. Only you will know it is not gingivitis if you have excellent oral hygiene, floss around the crown daily, and brush along the gumlines. The gum tissue around that specific tooth will remain inflamed and red, regardless of your oral health status.
What Other Options Are Available?
Your dentist may suggest the use of a full porcelain crown (metal free), or a cast gold crown (for teeth in the back of the mouth.) It’s important to let your dentist know if you have metal allergies so that this can be taken into consideration when formulating your treatment plan.
Full porcelain crowns are a functional and beautiful way to enhance the health of your smile. Contact your dentist today to find out about the types of crowns available for your oral health needs.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center
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