It's the newbie, LupusVet, again. I have a HUGE question to ask of you. I just had 4 teeth pulled and am looking at getting a partial. My dentist's wife has lupus, and my oral surgeon is very familiar with autoimmune diseases, and both have recommended against any type of implant or bridge, since my antibodies will merely reject the implant, and in my experience, also reject the root canals/crowns needed for the bridges as well. However, Once the four teeth were extracted, those left beside them have some pretty severe root exposure, so I don't know if I could stand to have 1) the impressions or 2) the partial in there against such sensitive areas.
Many lupus patients I know (and I am 52, so most of them are older) have opted to have their teeth pulled and go for dentures. They say it's saved them tons of pain and money because they had a hard time even keeping fillings in (same here). My aunt recently died in January of complications of lupus, and she had been talked into spending thousands of bucks on implants that eventually just crumbled in her mouth.
Can someone, anyone, advise me on the best course of action? I don't have many good teeth left, anyway, and I have a lot of bone loss around my gum area. I would only consider doing the uppers. My bottom teeth are semi-OK. Any suggestions? The prednisone--and I was never on extremely high doses--and dry mouth, which is better now, really did a number on me. HELP!!
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