Dentist: Allergic Reactions to Metals in the Mouth, 3rd Edition

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About Course #L0927

Release Date: February 20, 2019

Expiration Date: February 20, 2022

A wide variety of materials used for the construction of dental restorations, prostheses, and dental implants have the potential to cause allergic reactions among dental patients. This basic-level course reviews the importance of metals for human health, identifies common harmful metals and their role in disease, and discusses hypersensitivity reactions, with particular regard to metal allergies in medical and dental patients. Such an understanding will help dental professionals make better-informed decisions about which biomaterials are the safest and most effective.

AGD Subject Code: 017

Course Objectives

  • Describe the essential role of metals in human health.
  • Identify metals that are harmful to human health.
  • Explain the relationship between hypersensitivity and metals.
  • Describe the process of metallic corrosion.
  • Describe the impact of metallic corrosion in the oral environment.

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

J. Anthony von Fraunhofer, MSc, PhD, FRSC, is professor emeritus, University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Baltimore, where he also served as director of biomaterials research in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has written more than 400 scientific papers and 16 books, and contributed chapters to 15 monographs on dental biomaterials and materials science. Dr. von Fraunhofer is the author of the well-regarded monographs Dental Materials at a Glance and Research Writing in Dentistry, published by Wiley-Blackwell. His special interests are the biomechanical properties of materials used in medicine and dentistry and the degradation, wear, and corrosion of materials in the biosystem.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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