Allergy testing to dental materials
Our body can handle contact with some foreign substances without problems, while others can cause an intense allergic reaction. This can be the case with the metals, adhesives and fillers used in dentistry. The sensitivity or tolerance to each substance varies individually, so, before any dental intervention, it is advisable to check which substances your body will be able handle long term. Allergies are becoming more prevalent in the population year by year. They are caused by the over-activity of our body's immune system. This happens when the immune system identifies certain innocuous substances as damaging to the body and triggers a violent attack on them. For some individuals, dental metals and plastics can cause lasting inflammatory reactions in the affected area or on the skin. Although all materials used in dentistry have been carefully selected so that most patients would tolerate them well, but there is no guarantee that this is the case in every individual case. If you will be undergoing a dental procedure, you should make sure which materials your body can live with and which others should be avoided. The epicutaneous test is widely used to prevent allergic reactions following dental treatments. In this test, the substances are brought into contact with the surface of the patient's skin for two days, and then the doctor observes if any allergic reaction has been developed. Possible allergens are placed in the form of patches on the patient's back, which are removed after a two-day waiting period. The final evaluation of the test and the issuing of medical records happen one week after the placement. Common allergens include; nickel, palladium and acrylates.
Good To Know
The doctor is available for appointments on the following days: Thursday from 9:00 to 19:00
- Visit 1: Application of the patches
- Visit 2 (after 2 days): remove patches, mark their place with a marker
- 3rd visit (after 5 days) final reading, evaluation, medical records
The rate includes one epicutaneous sensitivity test for one dental patient. The rate is only available in limited amount and in certain time periods. The cost of any additional test or medical procedure that may be advised to you as consequence of the epicutaneous sensitivity test results, is not included in the rate. The service provider may have the right to reschedule the appointment upon previous consultation with the patient.