People usually know if they have allergies to certain metals, like those used in jewelry.
Unfortunately, the same metals could cause the same problem inside their mouth but such type of allergic reaction often goes undiagnosed as it mimics the gum disease.
When Cate Bennett’s dental problems led to an infection and severe reactions in her mouth, she didn’t know what the cause of her problems was.
Her dental problems also led to an embarrassing moment when eating out with friend. “The first bite I took of the salad, I watched my crown fall out in the salad bowl. And I was so embarrassed,” says Cate.
When Dr. Joseph Kravitz saw Cate’s gum tissue and crowns, he immediately recognized the problem. It turned out that Cate’s allergy to certain metals in jewelry also caused allergic reactions to the metal of the crowns inside her mouth.
Dr. Kravitz said that 80 percent of the people that have skin allergies, they also have the same problems in their mouth.
The most common skin allergy is to nickel, but other like chromium and even gold, it is recently confirmed, can cause the problems.
Researches have showed that 6 percent of men and up to 16 percent of women have allergy to metals that are used in crowns and dentures.
Simplest solution to these dental allergies is to change metal crowns with all ceramic ones and the allergic reaction usually disappear within a day.