Ever since I got porcelain veneers, my taste has been impaired. Sometimes, it goes away completely. I am not sure what the process of getting veneers did because only the tongue depressor instrument was sometimes used on me. I don’t understand it. What is there about the veneers process that impairs taste? Thanks. Dina
Dina – Different factors can cause taste disorders. Porcelain veneers placement is unrelated to loss of taste or impaired taste. Although your loss of taste began after you received porcelain veneers, another issue likely caused it.
Causes of taste disorders include the following:
- Upper respiratory infections
- Ear, nose, or throat surgery
- Radiation therapy of the head or neck
- Head injury
- Exposure to certain chemicals or medications
- Poor oral hygiene
- Certain medical conditions – including sinus and allergy issues, hormonal disturbances, dental problems, and more.
- Tobacco smoking
- Age (60+)
Why Address a Taste Disorder?
Loss of taste or impaired taste can ultimately affect your health. It can cause you to eat too little or too much. It can cause you to add too much sugar or salt to your food, which can lead to complications with diabetes or high blood pressure. Loss of taste can even cause depression.
Consult an otolaryngologist (ENT) to determine your taste disorder’s cause and treatment methods.
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