I have a pretty severe allergy to Nickel and mildly to mercury. Recently, I lost two teeth that I’d like to replace with dental implants but they are made of metal. Is it still possible for me to get the implants or will I need to get a different procedure?
Here is the good news. The metal in dental implants is titanium. Not only is that not one of the metals you listed, but titanium is very biocompatible. It has been used in prosthetics for decades. I don’t think you will have any trouble with traditional dental implants.
There is an alternative to metal dental implants, if it does become necessary. More dentists are now willing to use zirconia implants. These are completely metal-free and zirconia, nicknamed ceramic steel, is strong enough to serve you well for many years.
Not every dentist is using them yet. This is mostly because the titanium ones have decades of data documenting their longevity. There isn’t the same data on the zirconia option. That doesn’t mean they won’t last as along. They simply haven’t been around long enough for the data to be available.
The Most Important Consideration with Dental Implants
More important than whether you use titanium or zirconia is who does your dental implants. Implantology is one of the leading sources of dental malpractice suits. You will want a dentist who has done extensive post-doctoral training in implantology. The best implant dentists are fellows with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Additionally, it is always better if you have a dentist who can do both the surgery and the restoration. Too many dental implant cases suffer because of miscommunication between the dentist and the surgeon. Having the same person do both eliminates that risk.
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