Is it possible for a post from a dental crown to be removed and replaced? My dentist put a stainless steel post in my tooth. Currently, there is a temporary crown on it, but the permanent one is scheduled for a few days from now. I think I’m allergic to something in the crown and my ears have been pulsating since this started. I’d like to switch it for a non-metal post if that is possible. However, my dentist insists not only is this not possible, but he feels the reaction is “all in my head”. Help me out here. Am I going crazy or is there a legitimate issue?
I’m going to tell you right up front I think you need a new dentist. Never stick with a practitioner who tells you something is in your head. As much progress as we have made in the medical and dental fields, there is still a lot we do not know and the human body can be unpredictable sometimes. A second reason for you to switch dentists is the one you are currently with has not kept up with his field very well.
Background on Dental posts
Around the 1970s, stainless steel posts were the popular choice. However, just ten years later, we learned the metal ions were able to seep through the tooth and enter the bloodstream. This is a problem for patients with metal allergies. Stainless steel contains nickel which is one of the largest metal allergies around.
As a result, in the 80s, smart dentists started using titanium posts. This is one of the most biocompatible metals around. The 90s brought us carbon fiber and fiberglass. Now we even have zirconia options. Metal-free dentists even use zirconia for crowns, bridges, and dental implants. As you can see your dentist is at least 40 years behind in his field. This is not going to be the best dentist for you.
Can your Posts be Removed?
Yes, it is possible for your post to be removed. There are risks though. I don’t think your current dentist is going to have the chops to do it properly. If you can, I’d see a root canal specialist or even another dentist who is comfortable with the procedure. Whatever you choose, do it before you have the permanent crown placed. If not, you will have further risks.
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