I have patch tested as allergic to quite a few materials. So far, they know I’m allergic to dental cement, formaldehyde, cobalt, chromium, titanium, as well as a handful of chemicals. I sought out this information because I was having medical problems they couldn’t explain. It was a desperation move, but now I’m glad I did it. I need a dentist who is knowledgeable in Type IV metal allergies who can help me navigate the massive amount of dental work I have and exchange it with material I’m not allergic to. Do you have any advice as to where I can find one?
It sounds like you have had a very rough go of things. I’m encouraged to hear you kept trying to get to the bottom of things. Many patients give up out of discouragement. You show real tenacity. I also like that you are trying to be proactive about your dental health. I don’t think looking for a dentist knowledgeable in Type IV allergies is going to be possible without you wanting to pull your hair out of your head.
Instead, what you want is a dentist who is willing to work around all your allergies. Your best option is going to be in finding a holistic dentist in your area. They are open to Clifford’s testing, which I’m guessing is the type of testing you had done and they have a philosophy of treating the whole body, not just the teeth. Because of that, they will work to find solutions.
Additionally, you’ll find that they already know the procedures to safely remove potentially hazardous materials, such as amalgam fillings. They’ll do a sanitary amalgam removal and replace your fillings with composites.
They are also willing to do metal-free dental work such as zirconia crowns and zirconia dental implants. Bear in mind, if you do need to replace any dental implants, you’ll have to do some bone grafting after the titanium is removed. This is because the removal will take with it necessary bone that holds the implants in place. Fortunately, this is an outpatient procedure.
Best of luck to you.
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