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Dental Gum Graft

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#1 tintin


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Posted 16 August 2007 - 05:13 AM

Is a gum graft safe for someone with CREST? Is there anything I need to look out for with this kind of work?
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Posted 17 August 2007 - 06:26 AM

I am sorry that I don't have the specific answer to your question, Crawler, but hopefully you will find some information on our dental page. There are increased opportunities for dental problems with scleroderma and your dentist should be aware of your disease. Good luck.
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Posted 17 August 2007 - 08:06 AM

I'm not sure of this answer, I think it would be a great question for your rheumatologist and your dentist.
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Posted 17 August 2007 - 11:12 AM

I have had several gum grafts done due to receding gums. I didn't have the diagnosis of CREST at the time, but I did have Sjogren's. Mine weren't always successful, but I didn't develop any infections. I think I probably had CREST at least when I had my last graft, but it wasn't diagnosis yet. Could you ask you rheumatologist their opinion on it? I know that I really didn't want to have the last graft done, but the periodontist said I had tissue damage and he was scared my tooth would fall out.
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Posted 18 August 2007 - 06:35 PM

Hi Crawler,

I have had a gum graft and have lupus/sclero. It went well. I hope yours does too. I think it was worth it. Susie54

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 12:23 PM

Thanks for the responses, it helps to know that others have done this. My first one failed and in the mean time I got the lSSc diagnosis. I think I will try to stabilize on plaquenil first, and then have the graft. My hands and legs are hurting less and I am finding it easier to get out of bed in the morning. I just don't want to jeopardize the improvement.
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Posted 23 August 2007 - 04:53 PM

I've had two gum grafts and they've turned out fine. The procedure is nothing to worry about pain wise, (my doctor numbed me up,) but now it seems I need two more. :(

I've had CREST for 16 years and had it done last year.

Good luck to you.