Dental allergies are immune system responses to materials commonly used in dental procedures.
Symptomsof a dental allergy can include swelling of the tongue and lips, a burning sensation, and gum irritation. These symptoms can be difficult to recognize as they are often similar to side effects of dental procedures. If you experience sensitivity or an adverse reaction due to a crown or dental filling, you may be allergic to some of the base metals used in dentistry.
Sensitivity may be immediate upon contact or develop later. The most common symptoms of a tooth-related allergy are swelling and inflammation of the gums. The metals that usually cause most reactions are mercury, nickel, and amalgam. The allergists at NY Allergy & Sinus Centers understand how uncomfortable and expensive tooth-related allergies can be. It is important to inform your dentist of any allergies you have as soon as you sit down for your first visit. Latex allergies can range from itching after dental surgery to anaphylactic shock, an allergic reaction so severe that it makes it difficult or impossible for a person to breathe. Dental staff may also experience allergic reactions due to latex, acrylates, and formaldehyde.
Unknown dental allergies can cause defective implants, multiple sessions to remove and install new fillings, and discomfort.