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   Posted 1/26/2009 3:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, My name is Tricia and I'm 42 years old. Was officially diagnosed with Crohn's at the age of 20 but was suffering from Crohn's like symptoms since I was 16. The dr. wasn't sure about what was causing me to have so many crohns related issues. In the beginning my weight was 86 pounds due to constant trips to the bathroom. My stomach would constantly cramp after everything I ate and sometimes just the smell of food would send me running to the toilet. It got so bad that I went a few weeks without eating because I couldn't stand the pain from my stomach cramping followed by diarreah. Over the course of the years my body wasn't digesting my food properly which left me malnurished.
I've been having a lot of problems with my teeth they just  started breaking above the gum line so now a I only have 17 that are Broken and deteriorating I want to have them but I am deathly afraid of the dentist. My dentist said that he could pull them out and replace them with immediate dentures but I have a very low threshold for pain and he says that I will need at leat 10-15 shots in my gums. The pain is unbearable so  I'm popping norco's and Ibuprofen like tic tacs just to geta coupld hours pain free. I'm willing to go ahead and let the dentist take them out but I refuse to do it while awake. This is causing other problems such as a double earache, sore throat and swelling in my neck. Am I the only one that's having bad issues with my teeth. How can the dentist extract my teeth that aren't loose from the gum line??? Your comments would be greatly appreciated. Am I the only one having these types of oral problems?

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   Posted 1/26/2009 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
You aren't alone with dental issues. The enamel on my teeth is coming off in sheets. I was sent from dentist to dentist trying to find a cause and to halt the loss of enamel. Finally I was sent to the university dental school specialists. I was told it is likely a combination of things events: 1) poor absorption of nutrients due to 25 years of not being diagnosed, 2) medications to treat my CD and AS related problems causing low saliva and pH problems and 3) some dietary habits like acidic liquids.

Will your insurance authorize sedation/anesthsia for your dental work? If so you would not be awake and therefore not know what is happening. My daughter needed 10 teeth extracted and insurance paid for her to be put under.
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