I used to avoid the dentist, but an emergency appointment caused me to realize how important dental care is. At that appointment, I ended up needing a filling and two tooth extractions. We replaced the missing teeth with a removable partial denture. Ever since getting that and the filling I’ve been sick. My mouth swells up. My joints hurt. Even my tongue itches. I went to see my dentist and he blew me off. Finally, I went to an emergency room and they diagnosed me with three allergies— cobolt, nickel, and a rare allergy to mercury. They suggested I get my dental work removed and replaced. My dentist is still blowing me off. What do I do?
I’m sorry you’re dealing with this. Your dentist is not being fair to you. What you’re going through is serious. I don’t think you’re going to get very far with this dentist. In that case, I’d start by looking for a mercury-free dentist.
The tooth replacement is an easy fix. The tougher one is the fillings. You can’t just remove mercury-free fillings. You don’t want to inhale any mercury vapors or swallow any pieces of the filling. Depending on the severity of your allergy, even the dust from the removal can cause you problems. What you’ll need to ask the dentists is if they know how to do a sanitary amalgam removal. Additionally, make sure they take precautions to cover your skin and secure what you’re breathing.
Metal-Free Dental Care
One of the easiest tooth replacements for you would be to get a zirconia bridge. This is metal-free. The only downside would be that a bridge requires you to crown the two adjacent teeth. If they’re healthy, you may not want to grind them down.
A better tooth replacement option, in that case, is to get dental implants. Normally, these are done with titanium, which is very biocompatible. However, you already have one rare allergy. Because of that, I’d ask for zirconia implants.
If you’re worried they’re not strong enough, I can assure you they are. Zirconia is nicknamed ceramic steel. It is more than strong enough.
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