Posts for: February, 2018
Dental implants are today’s closest restorative facsimile to natural teeth. And they’re versatile: not only can they replace single teeth but they can also support bridges or dentures.
But since one of their crucial components is made of metal, are you out of luck obtaining this state-of-the-art dental restoration if you have a metal allergy?
The answer is: probably not—it’s rare for implants to cause an allergic reaction. Still, metal allergies can be a potential problem within your mouth as with other areas of health.
An allergy originates from the body’s necessary response to potentially harmful microorganisms or substances. Sometimes, however, this response becomes chronic and exaggerated, creating an allergy. People can have allergies to nearly anything with responses ranging from a minor rash to a potentially life-threatening multi-organ system shutdown (anaphylactic shock).
A small number of people have allergies to particular metals. One of the most common is nickel, which affects an estimated 17% of women and 3% of men; cobalt and chromium are also known to cause allergies. Consumer exposure, particularly metal contact with the skin through jewelry or clothing, is the most prevalent, but not the most concerning. That’s reserved for metal allergies related to medical devices like coronary stents or hip and knee prostheses. And in dentistry, there are rare occasions of inflammation or rashes from metal amalgam fillings.
Which brings us to dental implants: the main metal post that’s inserted into the jawbone is usually made of titanium. It’s the metal of choice for two reasons: it’s bio-compatible, meaning the body normally accepts its presence; and it’s osteophilic, which means bone cells readily grow and adhere to it, a major reason for implant durability.
While it’s possible for someone to have an allergy and subsequent reaction to implants with titanium, the occurrences appear to be extremely low. In one study of 1,500 patients, titanium allergies were estimated to be a factor in implant failures in less than 1% of those studied.
Even so, if you have known metal allergies you should make sure your dentist knows. Being aware of all the facts will help them recommend the best tooth replacement choice for you—and hopefully it will be dental implants.
If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor article “Metal Allergies to Dental Implants.”
What your root canal specialist in Charlotte wants you to know
There are quite a few stories about root canals, some good, and some bad. The truth is root canal treatment is the state-of-the-art way to eliminate pain and save your tooth. If you’ve ever had chronic tooth pain from an infection, deep decay or trauma, you already know how the pain can take over your life.
The good news is that no matter what is causing your tooth pain, you can get relief with root canal therapy. Dr. Ramesh Sunar at Charlotte Root Canal Center in Charlotte, NC wants to share the facts about root canal treatment and why there is nothing to fear.
So, why should you have a root canal? The only other option is to remove the tooth completely, but tooth extraction sets you up for more dental treatment. You need to think about tooth replacement with either a bridge, partial, denture, or implant. If you try and get by without a tooth, your chewing ability is diminished which can cause problems with your digestion. A lost tooth also leaves a gap in your smile.
So, is a root canal painful? A root canal is like any other dental treatment. You will receive local anesthetic which numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue, so you won’t feel anything. Dr. Sunar will create a small opening in the top of your tooth. Using ultra-thin instruments called files he will go in through the opening and draw out infected, diseased and dying tissue.
He will place a sedative material inside the opening and deep into your tooth. This material reduces inflammation and helps your tooth heal. When your tooth is no longer painful, he will place an inert material inside your tooth and seal the tooth up permanently. You still retain your smile, but you are rid of tooth pain!
For more detailed information about root canal treatment, please visit the Endodontics page on Dr. Sunar’s website at https://www.charlotterootcanalcenter.com/library/7780/Endodontics.html
Root canal treatment is nothing to fear because it can eliminate dental pain and still let you keep your beautiful smile. Don’t suffer with tooth pain. Instead, call Dr. Sunar at Charlotte Root Canal Center in Charlotte, NC. Get some help for your painful tooth by calling today!