Will Dental Implants Trigger My Allergies?

Hello there,

I am interested in dental implants to restore my smile. The years have not been easy on my teeth. While a dental implant is a little outside my price range at the moment, I have a more pressing concern. I have a severe allergy to metal. I cannot even wear metallic accessories or fashion items. I know I am allergic to nickel and have sensitivities to others metals commonly used in dentistry.

Is it possible to restore my smile without using metal?

Hotaru, from Austin, TX

 

Hi Hotaru,

Your metal allergies sound serious, however, most dental implants contain titanium. Being allergic to one metal does not mean you will be allergic to all. Titanium is a highly biocompatible metal, but prior to getting any implants, you can opt for an allergy test to put your concerns to rest.

Another option you have is to find a dentist that creates metal-free all-porcelain implants using zirconia or another strong ceramic. It may be difficult to find someone to place an all-porcelain implant, but if a titanium one is out of the question, it can be done.

This blog post is brought to you by Gilbert dentist, Dr. Matthew Roper, of Vista Dorada Dental.

My Porcelain Crown Keeps Falling Off!

Hi there,

I was issued a same-day crown, which I thought would be fast and convienent, but in the year since I’ve gotten it, it has fallen out a handle of times!

I went to see a different dentist, who changed the setting of my crown, and gave me a zirconia crown. However, even this one has fallen out! He says that a different porcelain crown will stay in better.

Is this dentist right? Should I go to another dentist? Should I give CEREC another try? What should I do?

Nancy, from Trenton, New Jersey

 

Hi there Nancy,

When CEREC same-day crowns are done correctly, they will stay put permanently. CEREC crowns are made from a milled block of ceramic, but no matter what material you use to make a crown, it does not affect whether the crown will stay in.

There are two things that affect whether crowns will stay in. One this is the type of bonding used to cement the tooth into your mouth. The stronger the cement, the better the hold. The other factor is the shape of the tooth. The tooth needs a little bit of tapering to look natural, but the more taper done to the tooth, the harder it will be to bond it into your mouth. It is likely that your tooth was not tapered properly, which is why it keeps falling off.

You should go see a dentist in the area that specialized in crowns. It is very uncommon for crowns to fall out as many times as you have experienced.

This blog post is brought to you by Gilbert CEREC crown provider, Dr. Matthew Roper, of Vista Dorada Dental.