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!
Diagnosed with SLE, Sjogren's, RA, Hashimoto's, Reynaud's, gluten intolerance - all 2006. Elevated liver enzymes, no diagnosis yet. Mild asthma and allergies.
Plaquenil, Armour thyroid, Foradil, Pulmicort, Lovaza (prescription fish oil), Evening Primrose Oil, Multivitamin, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.
Eating healthy foods - no processed foods, no sugar, no flour, no caffeine. Lots of good protein, vegs, healthy oils, fruit, and healthy carbs. Down 70 pounds so far and counting!
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