I know a lady at work who has UC, we were complaining together about how much we hate prednisone and she mentioned "oh and it makes my teeth hurt sooo bad!" and I was like 'OMG ME TOO, I thought I just need to use fluoride more often or something".
I went to the dentist and asked if he could give me a fluoride treatment or two, since that helps with tooth sensitivity and I told him I was on prednisone and he was like "oh yeah, that stuff will make your teeth hurt for sure, you also have to worry about damage to your bone structure in your mouth where it will can your teeth more likely to fall out".
I asked him if my teeth were yellow all the time from the prednisone and he said "kinda, part of the problem is that the prednisone seems to damage your enamel and/or keep it from rebuiding itself the way it usually would. when your enamel isn't being maintained properly your teeth hurt, and when your enamel is thinned out you can see the dentin of your teeth more clearly, and the dentin in your teeth is more yellowy than your enamel usually is."
So...yeah, between the vitamin deficiencies and steroids, having crohn's can really mess up your teeth. I'm gonna throw my lot in with the "dentures are awesome" boat, I have heard nothing but horror stories from people who tried unsuccessfully to save their teeth or replace individual ones, and people with dentures said the only bad part was getting their other teeth pulled to have the dentures installed. Plus, dentures are waaaaay cheaper.
I would definitely seek out a second or even a third opinion!
Sparkles, I wish you the best of luck!
I have "suspected" Crohn's and I have noticed so far that sometimes my gums are normal and sometimes they are very swollen and painful. I have a dental appointment next week...I have kept putting it off and putting it off, but this time I am going. Between the mouth sores and the gum inflammation, it has not been very enticing to think about going to the dentist!
I am 31 and have had 3 fillings in my life. It will be interesting to see what happens as time goes on. I have been on oral prednisone for about a month now--scary what it can do to your teeth!
Keep us posted for sure!
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Always get a second/third opinion. My oldest daughter who has always had perfect checkups- never a cavity, was told she had 4 cavities, while my totally candy-eating daughter was told she had none. Caused me to get a 2nd opinion. Turns out the first dentist was DEAD WRONG! The oldest daughter's teeth were/are perfect, while the candy-huggin kid had to get 2 replacements and another filled.
Also, be wary of dentists who tell you you need a special "deep cleaning" instead of the regular insurance-covered cleaning. My 2 daughters (and I) were told by that first dentist that our teeth were so bad, that we needed that deep cleaning- at an extra $100 a pop. They wouldn't agree to just do the regularly insurance-covered cleaning and refused to serve me if I didn't fork over the extra money for the "deep cleaning". Got a 2nd opinion. Wrong again. I found out that one would have to be from a third world country, or not have good dental habits at all to need that costly treatment. Beware. There are some dentists out to scam you.