Each patient’s immune system is unique and can react to dental materials in unanticipated ways. When a material is placed in patient’s mouth and is rejected by the immune system, dental toxicity can occur. An immune system will reject dental material if it is not accepted as the body’s own tissue. Dr. Glenn MacFarlane and our team prevent dental toxicity and preserve your oral health through biocompatibility testing.
Dental toxicity caused by a reaction to dental materials can be compared to food allergies, in that some patients experience an allergic reaction to the materials used in their dental restoration. While the symptoms of a dental allergen may be subtle, the immune system begins to work overtime to remove the perceived infection from the body.
Because there are so many dental restoration materials available, the risk of dental toxicity has risen. It is important to test the material against the immune system to determine the reaction before the restoration is placed in the mouth. To test biocompatibility, our team may extract serum proteins from the patient’s smile and analyze them in a test tube with the restoration materials. This allows our dentist and team to identify the materials that would cause a negative response from your immune system.
If you would like to learn more about biocompatibility testing in Red Bank, New Jersey, and how this can benefit your oral health, we invite you to contact The Center for Holistic Dental Medicine at 732-530-4020 today.