Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing (CMRT)
What is this service?
If you’re concerned that you might be allergic to dental materials like those found in common silver fillings, metal crowns, or other dental materials then speak with Dr. Grabiak about getting tested. Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing is a screening procedure to determine an existing reaction with components of dental and orthopedic restoratives, irrespective of the initiating source. It also facilitates the selection of least offensive restorative products for individual patients. For example, if you have an autoimmune disease, then it may be important to find out which dental materials interact with your immune system most often. In other cases, Dr. Grabiak may simply want to confirm whether or not you are indeed allergic to certain products or materials.
What is the procedure?
A blood draw is required to prepare a specimen for testing. The testing is performed with a blood sample that is drawn and prepared locally and then shipped overnight to the lab for final analysis.
During your appointment, bring a list of all medications and supplements that you take on a regular basis, as well as a list of any past reactions you’ve had to medication, environmental substances, metals or foods. Dr. Grabiak will thoroughly review your health history in order to determine what kind of test is best for your needs.
What are the benefits?
The Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing (CMRT) looks at 94 chemical groups used in dental materials. The findings of these 94 groups are compared to a database of over 17,000 dental materials to determine which materials contain and may release adversely reacting chemical groups to the specific patient. A report is then generated showing the findings of the 94 chemical groups as well as listing the trade named materials with a label listing their bio-reactivity as suited or not well suited. This test can help Dr. Grabiak determine what materials are best suited for your dental treatment needs.