My Teeth Are a Bloomin' Pred Mess

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/20/2008 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All!
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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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 5/20/2008 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi LupusVet,

When my brother (non Lupus) had implants put in many years ago, if you lose your teeth due to gum disease (as opposed to cavities or soft teeth), you will likely lose your implants to. . . because the underlying cause for the loss will still be there.

If that is true, and if you have Sjorgrens/dry mouth . . . than it might compromise the implants.

I didn't know that Lupus can attack crowns or fillings. . . .never heard of that. Maybe some of the others know more about the mouth issues.

Great topic . . . I hope your tooth prosthetics go well.


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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 5/20/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi LupusVet,

I don't post here often, but I had to reply to your post. I have lupus and Sjogrens (along with other autoimmune diseases) and my teeth were a mess. I knew last year I had to do something, I couldn't stand it anymore, so I asked my rheumy what she thought. Her recommendation was to NOT get implants because of the risk of infection and because it could trigger a flare. Not to mention that with Sjogren's, I may have had some of the same issues with the implants as I had with my real teeth. (breaking, etc.) If I really wanted to do something about my teeth, she recommended dentures. That's how I spent my summer last year. I am glad I did it, although it hasn't been easy. I like how my teeth look MUCH better, and that's been great. However, the dentist I chose isn't the best. I still go back frequently for adjustments, and if I'd had a better dentist, that wouldn't have been necessary. My parents have both had dentures for years, and they NEVER needed to go back for adjustments like I did. I'm only 40, by the way. So I would definitely recommend dentures, but research the dentist very carefully!!!!

The other thing to consider, if you do go ahead with dentures, is to make sure they match the coloring exactly to your bottom teeth, if you're only getting uppers, or it will look weird!
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