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What Materials Should Dentists Avoid Using With an Acrylate Allergy?

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I have an acrylate allergy and I need a crown replacement. What materials should dentists use to avoid an allergic reaction post-procedure?

Acrylates are in a variety of commonly used products. This includes dental adhesives and materials, as well as acrylic nails. These chemicals can cause allergic contact dermatitis. Avoid them to prevent reactions.

If you have not done so, speak with an allergist about your upcoming procedure. They can work with your dentist to find safe, effective alternatives for the placement of a crown. There are some adhesives that are free of acrylate that could be considered:

  • High-impact polystyrene
  • Polycarbonates (that do not contain acrylates)
  • Valplast (a flexible denture base material)

The key message is to coordinate your care with an allergist and your dentist. They’ll create the safest and most effective treatment plan for you.

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John M. James, MD, is a board-certified allergist. He is also President of Food Allergy Consulting and Education Services, LLC. He has worked as a medical specialist in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology for over 30 years. Dr. James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee. He is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

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