Metal Compatibility Testing (Dental Materials Compatibility)

Metal Compatibility Testing (Dental Materials Compatibility)

biological dentist DallasDental restorations make it possible to extend the lifespan of damaged teeth or restore oral function to those affected by tooth loss. The materials used to make up dental restorations and prosthetics can be comprised of metals and/or ceramics. Our biological dentist can perform metal compatibility testing to reduce the incidence of adverse reactions associated with metal restorations.

Who benefits from metal compatibility testing?

Nearly anyone could have a sensitivity to certain metals. There are certain patients who are at higher risks, however. Those who suffer with autoimmune disorders, diabetes, circulatory issues, cardiovascular disease, and cancer can benefit from metal compatibility testing. Additionally, those who have renal and hepatic dysfunction might also be disproportionately affected by adverse reactions to metals.

Which kinds of metals trigger adverse reactions?

A number of metal materials contribute to adverse reactions including:

  • Chromium
  • Cobalt
  • Amalgams that contain mercury
  • Nickel
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Palladium
  • Titanium
  • Platinum

What are the advantages of having metal compatibility testing?

The primary advantage to receiving metal compatibility testing is to help patients select dental restorations that are less likely to trigger adverse reactions. The results of tests can help predict which materials produce long-lasting results based on the unique biological needs of an individual.

Compatibility testing reduces the risks for failed restorations, allergic reactions, gingival irritation, skin irritation concerns, exacerbation of autoimmune symptoms, and systemic inflammation.

Those who are receiving dental implants can specifically benefit from metal compatibility testing. Between 1%-3% of patients with dental implants have titanium allergies. Metal free alternatives, such as Zirconia, offer a great alternative for these patients.

If you have questions about sensitivities to dental materials or would like to schedule an appointment with our biological dentist, give our team at Kozlow & Rowell Dentistry a call.