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Do you think you might be allergic to a common ingredient in dental supplies? Here are some dental allergies to consider:

Latex is an element of many dental supplies, like disposable gloves, dental dams, syringes, and bandages. Approximately 1-5% of the population is allergic to latex. But that number jumps to 17% if you work in medicine. In other words, the more you are around it, the greater your odds of your body creating an allergy. Potential symptoms include hives, itching, a stuffy or a runny nose, wheezing, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, or skin problems. These usually begin to manifest only minutes after exposure.

Nickel is the most frequent metal allergy. Those with piercings develop it most easily. The allergy creates an itchy rash when in contact with the skin. Nickel is an ingredient in some types of tooth restorative materials and orthodontic appliances. Allergies to other metal alloys like mercury, gold, platinum, silver, and cobalt are also possible, though much more atypical. Even a nickel allergy tends to be more about skin contact, so an allergic reaction to a dental appliance inside the mouth is rare.

Resins are common in many restorative and cosmetic dentistry materials, like composite fillings, sealants, bonding agents, crowns, and bridges. Symptoms usually occur a day or two after exposure, when you may experience itching of the skin, a burning sensation, reddening, swelling, and lightheadedness.

If you think you have had an allergic reaction to something at our dental office, first meet with an allergist or dermatologist for an allergy test. When you find the source of your allergy, please tell Shiva Hogugi, DDS and we use alternate supplies at your next visit. If you have any concerns, you can always call Dr. Shiva Hogugi in West Bloomfield, Michigan at 248-669-5110.