Dental Allergies: Awareness is Key

Allergies Encountered in Dentistry

If you have allergies to specific items used in dental treatment, there are ways your dentist can provide alternative methods of care. To be certain you have true allergies to specific things, it is best you are tested by a medical doctor. Let us look at some allergies seen in dental practise. It is also good to know what it will mean to your dental management should you have true allergies.

Allergies to penicillin affect a small percentage of the population. With allergies to this drug, it means you cannot be given penicillin or any in the family of this class. Your dentist may give you an antibiotic that is stronger for you, in which case both of you will have to be watchful for side effects. A much lesser strength alternative might be too slow, weak in battling your infection which might lead to a lengthier dose regimen.

Allergic Reactions to Metal

You might be allergic to certain metals which are commonly used in implants, bridges and dentures. Your dentist may have to fabricate crowns for you that are entirely devoid of metals which can make your appliance more expensive, weaker and prone to stresses. You will have to be more cautious in using your crowns. Allergies to methacrylates or resins used in many dental materials, from restorative composites to fissure sealants, bonding agents and orthodontic and crown and bridge resins, have low occurrence but can nevertheless induce a Type IV (delayed) allergic hypersensitivity reaction.

Other dental materials that warrant particular awareness include nickel, eugenol and polyether impression materials. Although rare, allergy to other metal alloys such as mercury, gold, platinum, palladium, silver and cobalt are also possible.

Allergic Reactions to Latex

Allergic reaction towards latex gloves used by dentists and hygienists can manifest in patients. Though it affects only 1-5% of the population, it is as high as 17% among healthcare workers. Glove protection is generally used against blood-borne pathogens. Though most reactions are immediate, it can be handled safely in the dental office. As a result, latex-free gloves are now available.

Yet another is anaphylaxis which may result from dental anesthesia, such as lidocaine, though rare, or a drug-to-drug interaction with a medication the patient is currently taking.

Watching Out for Allergies in Issaquah

Our team practices safe dentistry. It is standard procedure to take all patients’ thorough medical and dental history. For your safety and well-being, our staff are highly trained and equipped in all manner of dental emergencies, including allergies.