Multiple Dental Treatment Allergies

A series of issues have led to me needing some help. First, I have had a lot of health problems which couldn’t be explained. I finally had some allergy testing done which determined I had multiple metal allergies. Then, after a botched root canal treatment, which also ended with a broken file left in my tooth, I went to see a specialist who was able to retrieve the file but a few days later I developed an infection which landed me in the hospital. In addition to some serious antibiotics, they also recognized I had some chemical allergies. I have a list of eight things I’m allergic too, including titanium, which is supposedly quite rare. Are there dentists who can handle my list of allergies?


Dear Rebekah,

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Holistic Dentists are More Willing to Work with Patient’s Needs

You’ve had it tough. It’s impressive that you’re still trying to persevere with your dental care despite the challenges. That says a lot. You won’t find a dentist who is allergy specific. What you need is a dentist who’s willing to work with you and the limitations you face, including your very rare allergies, like titanium. Fortunately, there are more and more metal-free alternatives in dental care these days.

For instance, with titanium, which is the most common type of dental implant, you can now get a metal-free implant. Zirconia implants are growing in popularity and use. Not only are they free of metal, but they’re equally strong. In fact, they’ve been nick-named ceramic steel.

Sadly, many dentists find these allergies controversial, especially the Clifford’s Test. I don’t know why. The human body is amazing and mysterious. I wouldn’t surprise me in the least if each person responded to things differently. It’s also supremely arrogant to assume me know everything we need to about physiology.

Your best bet is to find a holistic dentist.

What is a Holistic Dentist?

Holistic dentists, sometimes called natural or biological dentists, factor in the health of the whole body and not just the teeth. They’ll listen to what you’re saying and address your concerns. They’ll even go out of their way to find materials that are biocompatible with your body.

This blog is brought to you by Newton, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Bader.