Common Allergies at the Dentist’s Office

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If you find yourself coming home from the dentist with an allergic reaction and you are not sure why it’s time to play detective. Here are some common dental allergies that you may want to consider:

Latex is a component of many medical and dental supplies, including disposable gloves, dental dams, syringes, and bandages. Only about 1-5% of the population is allergic to latex. However, the more you’ve been exposed to it, the greater your chances are of developing an allergy to it. Symptoms typically include hives, itching, a stuffy or a runny nose, wheezing, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, or skin problems. Symptoms usually start only minutes after exposure.

Nickel is the most common metal allergy and is more common in females with pierced ears. It typically causes an itchy rash upon contact with the skin. Nickel is found in certain kinds of restorative work and orthodontic appliances. Allergies to other metal alloys such as mercury, gold, platinum, silver, and cobalt are also possible, though much rarer. An allergic reaction to a dental appliance in the mouth containing nickel or any other metal is extremely unusual.

Resins are included in many dental materials, including composite fillings, sealants, bonding agents, crowns, and bridges. Allergies to resins are rare and usually occur a day or two after exposure, where the patient may experience itching of the skin, a burning sensation, reddening, swelling, and lightheadedness.

If you think you have an allergy, schedule a visit with an allergist or dermatologist to perform an allergy test. When you find the source of your allergy, please let Family Dental Associates know and we will be sure to use alternate methods at your appointment. If you have any concerns, you can always call Dr. Adam Hodges in Greenwood, Mississippi at 662-453-5536.