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Can I Get Dental Implants with a Metal Allergy?

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I have two removable partial dentures. I am not loving them. I’d like to get some dental implants to replace them, however I do have some pretty annoying metal allergies. I can’t wear any metal buttons or snaps and I could not even wear a traditional wedding ring. Is there any non-metal type of dental implants I can use?


Dear Barry,

An image of both titanium as well as zirconia dental implants

I am glad you wrote. I think you will feel much happier with dental implants than you have been with your removable partial dentures. Dental implants are secure and don’t move around the way that your dentures do. You’ll find it much easier to eat. As for your metal allergy, dental implants are made from titanium. This particular metal is very biocompatible and has been used for decades with great success in several prosthetics, including hips. A titanium allergy is extraordinarily rare. I would never say impossible because every human body is extraordinarily unique.

You have a few options. The first is to just get a titanium dental implant going by the fact that an allergy to it is highly unlikely. The second is to get an allergy test to see if you are allergic. A third option is to get a zirconia dental implant.

Zirconia implants are metal free, which would take all fear of your metal allergy acting up. The main reason that most dentists prefer the titanium implants is that they have been around much longer. As a result, there is a much larger body of evidence as to their longevity. There is nothing to say that the zirconia implants would not last as long. We simply don’t have enough data yet.

Whichever you choose, you will be much happier with an implant.

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