Since dental implants are composed from titanium, many people assume that metal allergies disqualify them from the tooth replacement procedure. While it’s certainly a possibility, the fact that you have a metal allergy does not in itself determine your eligibility for dental implants.


Since dental implants are most commonly composed of titanium, many people assume that metal allergies will not make them a candidate for this tooth replacement procedure. However, you can talk to Dr. Sperbeck to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants whether you carry a risk of an allergic reaction or not. We offer zirconium ceramic dental implants as an alternative. Ceramic implants are completely metal-free and are boasting even better implant success rates.
As a mercury-safe dental care provider, Dr. Sperbeck stresses the importance of metal allergies and safety. Metal is an element, and being allergic to metal is not the same as having a metal allergy. Metallic are alloys that can be composed of two or more metals. The type of allergic reaction many people with metal allergies experience can vary dramatically, ranging from a mild rash to a complete multi-system shutdown known as anaphylactic shock that can lead to death.

Titanium dental implants in Santa Monica, CA are made out of commercially pure titanium or titanium alloy. Titanium has been used because it is the strongest most biocompatible metal, closely mimicking a natural tooth root. Even though titanium dental implants have a very high success rate, a recent study conducted by Clinical Oral Implants Research revealed that metallic dental implants and related dental repairs could potentially trigger an adverse reaction in some people. In the study of 1,500 participants, researchers were able to detect titanium allergies in patients with dental implants; however, the estimated frequency was only 0.6 percent.

The same study found an elevated risk of positive allergic reaction in patients who had lost dental implants for no known reason other than having a higher occurrence of the allergy, so case testing could be recommended for those instances. The Clinical Oral Implants Research organization concluded that dental studies on allergic reactions to titanium implants and related prostheses are still very limited.

The dental implant procedure in Santa Monica, CA continues to become more popular and more patients seek metal-free dental care options, it stands to reason that allergic reactions to implants will need to be studied in more detail. When you meet with Dr. Sperbeck about tooth replacement options, you must disclose all of your allergies. Even though Dr. Sperbeck offers mercury free dental care treatment options, he will still need to be aware of all allergies that you have. The American Dental Association clearly states that there is always a chance of side effects when a foreign object enters the body. Consequently, implants and other dental materials used during oral procedures may cause a localized allergic reaction.


For those who are allergic to titanium or who prefer a more natural implant alternative, zirconium ceramic dental implants are now on the market in the United States. Ceramic implants are completely metal-free and function more naturally than any other material. Because it is easier for the facial and jaw bones to integrate with ceramic, ceramic implants are stronger, thus longer-lasting, and they harbor less infectious bacteria. Ceramic is also more aesthetically pleasing.

Dr. Sperbeck is proud to be one of the few dentists in the area who provides full ceramic tooth restorations from implant to crown without the use of metal or mercury. Want to learn more about metal-free dental care options and metal allergies? Call Dr. Sperbeck for your consultation today!