I have a hard time at every single dental visit. This last one was no different. I had two zirconia crowns put on. Since then, I have had horrible try mouth and my mouth, tongue, and throat have been burning. I’ve been to the doctor and two ENTs. All have said there is no acid reflux and were baffled. The last one mentioned the possibility of burning mouth syndrome. I’ve asked about the possibility of an allergy to the zirconia but they all insist that no one is allergic to zirconia. I don’t know what to do?
I get annoyed when dentists or other practitioners say there is “NO” chance you can be allergic to something. The human body is remarkably unique for each individual and saying that no one can be allergic is short sighted at best.
That being said, your symptoms are consistent with burning mouth syndrome. While we don’t know the actual cause, there is a consistent connection with patients who report these symptoms. Each of them has a pattern of both dental anxiety and traumatic experiences at the dentist.
You will want to do something to help with the dry mouth, which in turn may help with the other symptoms you are experiencing:
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco use
- Drink water regularly
- If you need mouthwash, make certain it does not contain alcohol. There are some mouthwashes specifically designed for dry mouth
- Avoid over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants, which will worsen your symptoms.
How to Have Positive Dental Experiences
When a patient is dealing with dental trauma, I always recommend they see a sedation dentist for their treatment. Specifically look for someone who offers oral conscious sedation. Nitrous oxide is fine for mild anxiety, but your experiences hint to me you will need something stronger. These dentists are skilled at working with fearful patients and have compassion for what you’ve dealt with.
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