I had two zirconia crowns placed several months ago. I specifically went to a holistic dentist because I wanted a metal-free crown on my back teeth. Unfortunately, I rarely have a good experience at the dentist’s office and this was no exception. I kept regurgitating the water they were using to protect my teeth during the procedure. This was a bit distressing. My previous appointment caused damage to a lingual nerve. So, you can imagine that dentists aren’t my favorite thing. Since getting these crowns I’ve had throat pain and a dry sticky tongue which is uncomfortable. I went to an ENT and he eliminated acid reflux as the cause. He thinks it is burning mouth syndrome. I wondered if it could be an allergy to the zirconia but he said no one is allergic to zirconia. I need more dental work done, but I’m terrified to go back without figuring it out.
I think I can help you. First, let’s start with the possibility of a zirconia allergy. I would never say you can’t be allergic to something. Granted there aren’t any documented cases of a zirconia allergy, but there are always cases of a rare allergy that someone has. That being said, your symptoms are consistent with burning mouth syndrome.
Though there isn’t a definitive cause, many patients have expressed developing the symptoms after having a traumatic dental appointment, which yours would certainly qualify as. In many cases, burning mouth syndrome can fade away gradually. Until then, you’ll want to keep hydrated to prevent dry mouth, which can wreak havoc on the enamel of your teeth. You can also take some pain medication to help with any pain you’re experiencing.
What to Do About Future Dental Work
Because it is a real possibility the trauma you experienced led to this, you want to prevent any further incidents. I’m going to suggest you see a sedation dentist. Using something like oral conscious sedation will allow you to sleep through your dental procedures, enabling you to get the work done without any dental anxiety.
It is possible to find a holistic dentist who also offers dental sedation. Dr. Dennis is one of them. You can do an internet search for one in your area.
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