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Metal allergies are relatively common in dentistry, most often experienced by women who wear removable partial dentures that have reinforcing frameworks made of metals contained in costume jewelry. The most common allergenic element is nickel, but allergies to cobalt, chromium and palladium are well documented in the professional literature. The significance of metal allergies lies in the fact that metals are commonly used in the construction of denture frameworks, crowns, bridges, and orthodontic wires and brackets (orthodontics).
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Author: Thomas J. Greany, D.D.S. / Editor: Ken Lambrecht
This page was last updated on November 29, 2017.