I have the world’s strongest gag reflex. I’ve thrown up on my hygienist multiple times and my dentist twice. It was after the second time when he suggested I start using sedation dentistry. That helps, but now I need a dental crown. They’ll have to do an impression of my bite. He would like me to use this medicine that should lessen my gag reflex. I’m pretty sure that will do zero good. Is there any way to avoid the goo?
I’m trying so hard not to picture a patient throwing up now. I have a sympathetic vomiting reflex. I’m glad your dentist suggested sedation dental care to you. I’m sure it’s made your appointments much easier to deal with for both you… and your dental caregivers.
One thing you may consider is to get a CEREC crown. These use digital imaging which will avoid the goo. In fact, the digital “impressions” are much more accurate. This will solve the problem you’re currently concerned about.
There are other benefits too. This crown is done in one appointment, so there is no need for you to get a temporary crown. When you leave, you’ll have your permanent crown.
Front Teeth and CEREC Crowns
You didn’t say where your dental crown is being placed, but if it’s a front tooth you’ll have an additional consideration. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. It’s hard enough to make beautiful crowns for front teeth with traditional crowns. CEREC crowns create an additional challenge because they’re milled from a single block of porcelain.
You will need someone with cosmetic expertise. If you’re talking front teeth, you’ll want to make sure your dentist has reached accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. If he hasn’t, then check with mynewsmile.com to see if he’s listed there. All of those dentist are skilled as well and many of them are well on their way to accreditation.
If he’s not on either, you won’t have to permanently switch dentists, but for this particular procedure it’s in your best interest to go elsewhere and then return with your gorgeous crown.
This blog is brought to you by Hilton Head Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Bonnie Rothwell.