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#1 Cheri


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Posted 28 February 2008 - 04:41 PM

Hi Everybody,

I had a dental implant done almost six weeks ago, and it is not healing. I took antibiotics for almost three weeks along with a prescription mouth wash, and the dentist wanted me back in a couple of weeks. I missed the appointment because of other issues, but the last time I saw him, he said this was highly unusual. I have to make another appointment as soon as my life calms down, but in the meantime, my gum is still really swollen and feels really thick like it has extra skin in there or something. Has anybody had this before or is there usually some kind of problem with dental surgery?

Thanks for any help.


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Posted 29 February 2008 - 02:52 AM

That sounds quite painful. I haven't experienced this but you can have raynauds in your gums and maybe that is preventing your gums from healing. You should really try to get back in to see the dentist. If you still have some type of infection it can spread and get worse. Here is a link to the ISN's page on scleroderma and dental.

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Posted 29 February 2008 - 03:29 AM

Hi Cheri! I have lost all of my teeth due to the dryness caused by sclero. When I was trying to save mine, I had to have two molars removed ( these were not the first teeth I lost) and that spot would not heal and the jaw bone underneath started to dissolve and be infected. I had to do the antibiotic and prescription mouthwash routine. I had to have surgery on the jawbone to clean it up. It took a long time to heal too and they told me all of the complications were due to the sclero. When I finally said enough and had all of my remaining teeth removed, I wanted dental implants instead of dentures and they told me that I couldn't have them because of the sclero. I know how much pain you are going thru since I went thru similar and I am so sorry for you. Let me know if you are able to keep the dental implants. GOOD LUCK!!
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Posted 29 February 2008 - 06:35 AM

Hi Cheri,
I wonder if your body is fighting the process, feeling it's an invasion, being a foreign object in your mouth? That possibly being the case, that would interrupt proper healing, wouldn't it?
Sorry, I know you're looking for solutions, but I'm just "thinking through this".

Like reilicmom, I also have the problems she had, which caused her to have to get all of her teeth puleed and get dentures.
I don't see that too very far down the road... for me.
The implants would be so nice to have, but in view of the problems I have... I don't think I'll have that option.

I sure do hope that your dentist can find relief for you very soon, cheri.

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Posted 29 February 2008 - 10:30 AM

Hi Cheri,

My daughter in law is undergoing the same type of thing. It's been over a year and she's still having grafts, surgeries etc. At one point she was on antibiotics for 6 months and she does not have sclero. sounds like you may need more meds. Give them a call and keep on it. You want to be diligent with this.
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Posted 29 February 2008 - 02:01 PM


I too had a dental implant about two years ago, and was quite surprised that for all that was going wrong with the rest of my body, that was the one thing that took!

You're not smoking are you? The gums have the least blood supply in the body according to my dentist and periodontist. Smoking will surely kill the blood supply needed to that area.

If need be, have them remove the implant and let it heal over. Try again in several months. Don't put yourself through needless pain and infection danger. I know implants are generally not covered, at least here in the US, and it may be a great monetary loss, but your general overall health is most important.


It is what it is...........

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 05:56 PM

Thanks for all your replies. I called Friday to make an appointment but they were out until Monday. So, I will try on Monday. Maybe it's just taking longer, or maybe it won't work. I've had dental problems my whole life so maybe I'm just not meant for an implant. Oh, well. No, I don't smoke - I used to, years and years ago.

I appreciate all of you.