- October 24, 2011
WILLIAMSPORT AND COLLEGEVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA – Dr. David DiGiallorenzo, a Williamsport and Collegeville, PA periodontist, recently spoke on metal-free dental implants at the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology conference in Las Vegas.
The IAOMT is a network of professionals in dental, medical and research fields who work to increase scientific biocompatibility standards in dentistry practice by making information from the latest interdisciplinary research available.
Dr. DiGiallorenzo’s discussion covered a great deal of information, ranging from the science and history of metal allergies, how those allergies are diagnosed, and how zirconium implants can be used effectively in patients with metal allergies.
Dentistry experts estimate that about 1 in 30 people are hypersensitive to one or more metals used in fillings or dental implants, according to the MELISA Foundation website.
“More dentists and periodontists are seeking to learn about metal-free options when it comes to dental implants because some patients have metal allergies and won’t tolerate implants made from titanium,” says Dr. DiGiallorenzo, a dental implants and laser periodontal therapy expert. “Zirconium dental implants are a viable option for those patients.”
Properly using metal-free implants is dependent upon accurate diagnosis of metal allergies, Dr. DiGiallorenzo explained at the conference. He says that is accomplished using the MELISA allergy blood test or Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing.
The MELISA test gauges a person’s metal hypersensitivity to help determine whether they might tolerate the materials routinely used in implants and other dental restorations, according to the MELISA Foundation.
CMRT is a laboratory screening process that periodontists and dentists can use to assist in identifying a patient’s sensitivity problems to a variety of chemical groups and families of compounds, according to the Clifford Consulting and Research site.
Although he speaks frequently on the topic of metal-free dental implants, Dr. DiGiallorenzo is an advocate of early diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease to prevent tooth loss. The expert in periodontal treatment uses a periodontal laser surgery procedure known as LANAP- laser-assisted new attachment procedure- to quickly and painlessly treat many cases of periodontal disease. However, when tooth loss occurs, he considers the potential for metal sensitivities prior to placing an implant, he says.
Dr. DiGiallorenzo will speak again on the topic in Washington D.C. On Nov. 4. On Nov. 13 in Miami, he will speak at an American Academy of Periodontology conference on accelerated aesthetic implant protocols replacing #8, the advent of the anodized pink implant, and its relation to biology, form and function.
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