Contact dermatitis from beryllium in dental alloys

Abigail L. Haberman, Melanie Pratt, Frances J. Storrs

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An increasing number of metals with the potential to cause allergic contact dermatitis have found their way into dental alloys for economic and practical reasons. 2 patients are reported who developed gingivitis adjacent to the Rexillium III alloy in their dental prostheses. Patch testing demonstrated positive reactions to beryllium sulfate, a component of the alloy. Components of dental alloys and the mechanism of the contact dermatitis are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-162
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1993


  • Key words
  • Rexillium
  • allergic contact dermatitis
  • beryllium
  • dental alloy
  • gingivitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Dermatology


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