I had ten zirconia crowns placed, but somehow the placement threw off my bite. My dentist has been burring down the crowns in order to adjust my bite. Not only is that not working, but ever since the burring started, I’ve had hives in my mouth. The dentist can’t figure out why and still hasn’t been able to adjust my bite into proper occlusion. Is it possible the dust from the burring caused a reaction. I don’t know what to do at this point. Any suggestions?
I’ll start with the hives. While it is always possible you developed a reaction to the zirconia, I would think it would have cleared up once the dust was out of your system. There are also antihistimines that help deal with the hives. If none of those worked, then it is possible you are dealing with something known as Burning Mouth Syndrome. This can result from a stressful dental appointment. Zirconia is a hard material. I imagine the appointment for grinding those down was more than just a little stressful.
There is the additional problem here of your dentist still not getting the occlusion correct for your bite. If this isn’t fixed soon, you could develop serious TMJ problems. I am going to recommend you get a second opinion by a TMJ Dentist. Bear in mind that TMJ is not a recognized specialty. That being said, there are dentists who do a lot of post-doctoral training in that field. That is who you need to see for your second opinion.
There are many post-doctoral programs for TMJ Training. Four of the best are:
- The L.D. Pankey Institute in Florida
- The Dawson Academy in Florida
- Spear Education in Arizona
- The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in Nevada
You want a dentist who has studied with at least one of these organizations. They will have the qualifications to examine your bite with these crowns and tell you what needs to be done to reach proper occlusion and finally get you out of pain.
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