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Dental compatibility testing near Mooresville, NC allows us to use safe, non-reactive materials

Dental materials can be made of a wide variety of materials that are exposed to your mouth and the rest of your body. Because every person’s immune system is different, some people may show sensitivity or allergies to different materials. But, how do you know if your body will have a reaction? Dental compatibility testing allows the dentist to determine if you will react to specific dental materials before they are used in your mouth. The team at Virtue Dental Care near Mooresville, NC does not require this testing but does recommend it to patients facing certain types of restorations.

Virtue Dental Care offers patients near Mooresville, NC dental compatibility testing

What does biocompatibility mean?

Materials that are biocompatible will not cause negative reactions or responses from the immune system. Biocompatibility does not mean using lesser quality materials. Many biocompatible materials such as bonded porcelain are known for the strength, longevity, and natural-looking appearance.

Should I consider biocompatibility testing?

If you’ve never heard of biocompatibility testing, you may be wondering why you should shell out additional money before having the cost of your impending dental work. The answer is simple and straightforward. Just as certain people have intolerances or allergies to certain foods, some patients may also have allergies or intolerances to the thousands of dental materials used in offices every single day.

The truth is, more than on material is used during a dental procedure. For example, for a dental filling, we must first use a liner to make sure the filling stays in place, then there is the etching gel, bonding material, and polishing material. That’s many different materials that could potentially elicit reaction. Biocompatibility testing allows us to know for certain if you have an allergy or intolerance to a specific material.

Every individual’s body responds differently to toxins in the system. Because we all have a unique body chemistry, finding out the possibility of a potential reaction beforehand is a great way to avoid potential reactions.

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What are some potential reactions?

When patients have a reaction to a non-compatible dental material it is because the body perceives the material as an invader or as if it were an infection. Think of it as a similar reaction to a cold or flu. The difference is that eventually the body is able to fight off a cold or flu, while dental materials that are in the mouth permanently will continue to elicit that response.

 How do you test for biocompatibility?

Dental materials can be made of a wide variety of materials that are exposed to your mouth and the rest of your body.

The quickest and most effective method of testing for potential reaction sis with a serum compatibility test. This test, similar to an allergy test is performed by an immunology laboratory. A blood sample is sent to the lab where it is exposed to a series of tests looking for the presence of antibodies when the blood is exposed to chemicals used in dental materials.  It takes about two weeks for the results to be ready for the laboratory. Patients reactions to chemicals will be classified as Highly Reactive, Moderately Reactive, or Least Reactive.

Because sensitivities or allergies to dental materials affect many people, we recommend it before seeking some of the more common dental work such as:

  • Removal and replacement of silver amalgam fillings
  • Placement of composite resin fillings
  • Placement of porcelain crowns, veneers, or inlays/onlays
  • Placement of porcelain fused to zirconia during crowns or bridges

As a biological dental provider, our goal at Virtue Dental Care is to offer our patients a variety of safe, biocompatible dental options. We are especially considered about biocompatibility for our patients who have a compromised immune system due to other health issues.

At Virtue Dental Care, we believe that overall wellness is tied directly to the condition of your mouth, which is why we offer patients near the Mooresville, NC area many different options for holistic dentistry. Our focus is to always use biocompatible materials that are as neutral as possible during any procedure. To learn more about our options for biocompatibility testing, please call our office today at 336-606-0040.


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William Virtue, DDS, AGD, FIAOMT, DNM studied dentistry at Indiana University and opened Virtue Dental Care in 1979. He became interested in biological dentistry many years ago as he realized that dentistry should benefit one’s overall health and not just oral health. That is why he practices mercury-safe, biocompatible dentistry in accordance with the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology’s (IAOMT) health and safety standards. He is SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) certified by the IAOMT too.
Dr. Virtue was President of the Forum for Contemporary Dental Esthetics and the IAOMT, of which he is also a Fellow. He enjoys teaching biological dentistry to dentists and staff. He continues to educate himself on developments in dentistry to provide the best services for patients.

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Mary Katherine Taylor, DDS, ADA, NCDS, AIAOMT became interested in dentistry at an early age and volunteered at dental clinics. A student of Starmount High School and Wake Forest University, she earned her dental degree from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. She is passionate about education and prevention: She updates her knowledge with a variety of continuous education courses while teaching patients about caring for and maintaining their teeth for a long, healthy life.