Dental amalgam materials, such as mercury, adhesion, or porcelain, can cause a range of symptoms including swelling, redness, and tenderness of the gums, bumpy and blistered skin with occasional scabs and oozing, dry and cracked skin, red rash, severe itching, swelling, and tenderness. Latex allergies can cause reactions that range from mild itching to severe respiratory distress and even anaphylaxis. As latex is often found in standard exam gloves, it is important to inform your dentist before your appointment so that they can provide you with latex-free supplies. The most common allergic reactions among dental staff are allergies to latex, acrylates, and formaldehyde. While patients may experience symptoms mainly on the oral mucosa, dental staff often have dermatitis on their hands.
It is important to be aware of the clinical manifestations of allergy to different dental materials as they can vary greatly. When using these materials during dental treatment, caution must be taken to avoid any side effects. Knowing about possible allergies in dental products is also a fundamental component of preparation. Patients should be aware that they need to disclose any allergies they may have to materials other than drugs when filling out medical history forms. All manufacturers of dental products must provide documentation to dental offices if requested.
When considering allergies in the dental office, it is important to remember that they can be caused by more than just medications.