What is Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing?
Materials Reactivity Testing (CMRT) is a laboratory screening process
used to help identify existing sensitivity problems to various chemical
groups and families of compounds in an individual patient. This
process is currently being implemented in the CMRT Dental Test.
After a patient's test has been completed, the patient's reactivity
test results are compiled in a report. We are currently reporting
trade-named dental products and 94 chemical groups and families. We have also added a Orthopedic panel reporting on over 4200 trade-named products for surgical applications.
In modern society we come in contact with many substances every day
in the food we eat, the products we use and the treatments we receive.
Because each of us possesses a unique biochemistry, these substances effect
each of us differently and in varying degrees. For some, the effects
of certain substances (and their corrosion byproducts) can be toxic
and hazardous, and may result in serious health problems. A substance
which causes little or no reaction in one individual can prove harmful
Since these effects may vary in each of us, it is vital that these factors
be considered when choosing dental and other materials for use in
the body, especially in patients with special or unique health concerns.
Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing (CMRT) provides dentists and physicians
with extensive information about their patients individual
sensitivities so that least offensive materials can be chosen and
used in their treatments
CMRT is not merely based upon the body's response to biomaterials themselves,
but also upon response to corrosion byproducts of those materials.
These byproducts are generated at various rates as the materials
decompose or break down in the body. It is these products of decomposition
that the body must deal with and which are most likely to cause
untoward health effects and toxic conditions. The body produces
systemic antibodies against challenging antigens and will maintain
an immunologic record of the components or chemical families which
have proven offensive and which can be observed by CMRT.