I have been unwell for a while now. I had some allergy testing done as a last resort. It turns out I’m allergic to nickel and mercury. I have some dental work that has both of those things in them with my fillings. I think I should have them removed. But, my bigger problem is that I need to replace a tooth. I want to get it replaced with a dental implant. However, I understand they are made of metal. Is it possible for me to replace my teeth with an implant or do I need something else?
I am glad that you figured out what allergies you have. That will be a big help in getting you on the right track to feeling better. In your case, I would definitely get the amalgam fillings replaced. However, when you do it, you’ll want to be careful. Make sure you get it replaced by someone who understands the correct procedure, known as a sanitary amalgam removal. Otherwise, you risk inhaling or swallowing some mercury. This is especially important with your allergy. In your place, I would either see a mercury-free dentist or a holistic dentist. Both should know the right procedure.
As for your other metal allergies, they shouldn’t interfere with your desire to replace your tooth with a dental implant. This is because dental implants are made with titanium, which is highly biocompatible. It’s been used for decades in prosthetics. You shouldn’t have any problem with it as a tooth replacement.
If you are concerned about an allergy to the titanium, you have a couple of options. The first is to have an allergy test specifically for titanium to make certain. The second is to see a dentist who offers the option of zirconia dental implants. These are metal-free so you shouldn’t have any problems with your allergies. However, they are newer and not very many dentists use them.
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