Nickel Allergy and Medical or Dental Considerations

Nickel Allergy And Medical Or Dental Considerations Nickel Allergy and Dental Work

  • Nickel allergy is rarely written down when filling out a patient history prior to seeing the doctor or dentist. However, many medical and dental items do contain nickel. 
  • Nickel has been used in dentistry for more than eighty years in both restorative work (fillings, crowns, bridges, partial dentures) and orthodontic appliances (wires, bands, brackets, etc.). 
  • Nickel is used in dentistry for several reasons. First, it makes a soft metal like gold harder. Secondly, combined with titanium, nickel becomes a shape-memory alloy used in orthodontics. Finally, nickel is inexpensive. 
  • The amount of nickel used in dental items can range from a few percent to over 50%. 
  • To limit exposure to nickel, inform your health care provider that you are nickel allergic. 
  • If at all possible, confirm with the manufacturer of any dental appliances that the item is free of nickel prior to usage. 
  • Reactions to orthodontics are rare, but if you are concerned about possible reactions from the use of nickel containing dental materials, contact your dentist or orthodontist.  

a man holding his hand up Nickel Allergy and Medical Considerations

  • Nickel is also used in a variety of surgical implant materials and biomedical devices. Stents may use a combination of nickel-titanium for shape-memory properties. Surgical staples made from stainless steel contain nickel that provides strength, bendability without breaking, and resistance to corrosion. 
  • Nickel can also be found in surgical implants (knees, hips, etc.) and OB/GYN devices like some IUD's and sterilization devices. 
  • Complications from nickel containing devices are rare. 
  • To limit exposure to nickel, inform your health care provider that you are nickel allergic. 
  • If at all possible, confirm with the manufacturer of any device to be implanted that the item is free of nickel prior to usage. 
  • If you are concerned about possible reactions from the use of nickel-containing devices, contact your physician or specialist.

 

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