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Some forms of dental treatments can trigger allergic reactions in some people. The allergic reactions can range from mild issues to serious health effects depending on various factors such as the extent of the exposure as well as the sensitivity of the affected patient. Below is an overview of the connection between allergy and dental treatments.
Common Dental Allergies
Allergic reactions can come from all angles once you are in the dentist office. However, the following are some of the most common materials that some dental patients are allergic to.
Instruments and Materials
Dental instruments and materials are made from different materials, some of which you might be allergic to. Possible culprits are metal and rubber. Metal is used in various instruments such as forceps, probes, excavators, and scalers, among others. Rubber can be found in things such as dental dams, gloves, and bite tabs, among others.
Some people are also allergic to the materials used in dental restorations. An example is the metal mercury, which is found in some dental fillings where it's part of the metal alloy. It's also possible (though rare) to be allergic to other metal such as nickel and titanium.
Lastly, you might also be allergic to the drugs used in various dental treatments. For example, some people are allergic to specific forms of dental anesthesia. Other drugs such as anti-inflammatory drugs and even antibiotic drugs can also elicit allergic reactions in some people.
What to Do
Here are a few tips to help you reduce the risk of allergic reactions during or after your dental treatment.
Suffering an allergic reaction while administering self-treatment is dangerous; you might lack the drugs to deal with the allergies. Therefore, resist the urge to buy drugs for home treatments every time you develop a dental ailment; consult your dentist instead.
Inform Your Dentist
You need to inform your dentist about your allergies so the dentist can prepare safe alternative treatments for you. Ideally, you need to call the dentist in advance of your consultations schedule. That way, the dentist will have ample time to prepare for you.
Hopefully, you won't have an allergic reaction related to your dental treatments any time soon. Always give your dentist your full medical history to minimize such risks. If you do suffer allergic reactions after treatment, inform the dentist as soon as possible so that they can switch your treatment and help you deal with the prevailing reactions.Share
22 August 2019