Dental Allergies? What Are Those? - Part 2

Tuesday, October 22, 2019


This is part 2 in our Dental Allergies series. Previously, we wrote about some dental allergies that patients may experience when visiting the dentist. This post will continue in more detail about dental allergies. 

Contact Dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis is a form of allergy that occurs when an ingredient in perfumes, soaps, or beauty products irritates our skin. The reaction results in dried-up, red, and tingling skin. 

Contact dermatitis comes in two types:

• Skin allergies that occur from latex gloves, metals like nickel, fashion jewelry, poison ivy, or makeup are referred to as allergic contact dermatitis. 

• Long-term skin irritation is referred to as irritant contact dermatitis. 

Some patients have reactions to materials such as toothpaste and fluoride procedures, amalgam fillings, or materials in dental bonding and porcelain. The gums, lips, tongue, and skin are normally the afflicted areas. 

What is a Local Anesthetic Allergy?

Local anesthetic has made tooth removal or fillings bearable. Though infrequent, cases do occur when patients are allergic to this type of anesthetic. Some warning signs specify whether or not you are having an allergic reaction to local anesthetics. 

After the local anesthetic is used, swelling of the mouth may occur and, in severe cases, difficulties in breathing. Feelings of nervousness, hyperventilation, contact dermatitis, and increased heart rate are also possible side effects. 

Several variables can cause this allergic reaction, including preservatives such as methylparaben or epinephrine, found in local anesthetics. Any patient that might be allergic to novocain or other local anesthetics can be tested via a skin allergy test.

Don’t forget to inform your dentist of any prior medical history of an allergic reaction. It is important information in order to find the proper anesthetic for each patient. 

Our goal at Lechner Dental Group is to offer a safe and comfortable experience at the dentist. We take your worries and health very seriously. Dr. Lechner and his team will always answer any questions you may have. Book an appointment with Dr. Lechner today!

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