I have had two very stressful dental appointments in a row. In one, it felt like I was drowning whenever he used the water. In the most recent, where I had some zirconia crowns placed, he had a lot of trouble getting me numb. Now, the results of this last one have left me with a burning tongue and excessive dry mouth. I went back to my dentist thinking I might be allergic to the zirconia, but he said that no one is allergic to zirconia. My next stop was an ENT, where he has so far eliminated acid reflux or a problem with my mouthwash. Now he is saying it is Burning Mouth Syndrome but that they don’t know the cause of it. Is this just something they said when they can’t figure out what is wrong?
You have been through the wringer here. I am sorry. Let’s start with your dentist saying that no one is allergic to zirconia. That is a bold claim. Our bodies are very unique and I would be careful of making such a blanket statement. I would say that a zirconia allergy would be very rare, but that does not rule it out completely without any investigation.
Burning Mouth Syndrome is a real thing. While the standard answer is “we don’t know what causes it,” there has been a connection made between traumatic dental experiences and this syndrome. You will need some positive dental experiences. My suggestion is to only go to a sedation dentist.
Given the situation, I would suggest looking into a dentist who not only offers oral conscious sedation, but also I.V. Sedation. You’ll also want them to be DOCS and ACLS certified to make sure you are in the safest hands possible.
In the meantime, you’ll want to address the dry mouth issue. Our saliva is one of the leading warriors in our battle against tooth decay. If your mouth is consistently dry, then you are not able to fight decay as effectively. Call your dentist’s office and see what product they recommend for you. Make sure you are drinking lots and lots of water and are diligent about your brushing and flossing while this is being dealt with.