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#1 Clementine

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 05:03 PM

Yay for me. I get to have 3 dental implants. I can't wait. Sounds fun, doesn't it?
Thank you for Versad, or however you spell it...
I really dread it, but the worst part is actually sitting two hours through the procedure, so at least I can be knocked out for it. I DREAD it, but I also just want this all behind me.
Sheryl, I think you've had implants. Anyone else?
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 04:44 AM

Jen,
Huge Bummer! I'm sorry you are going to have to go through this. I've never had implants so I can offer any advice or experience. I just know what it's like to get a crown and that's an experience I can live without.

I'm sure you are going to do just fine and come through it all with flying colors.

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#3 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 05:19 AM

Hi Tangelo,

My dentist advised me not to have implants since so many of the attendant problems with scleroderma and Sjogren's (shrinking mouth, dry mouth, proneness to infection, poor circulation) can adversely affect the healing of implants.

It was Sherrill Knaggs who had one, about six months before she passed away. As I recall, her implant went very bad, eventually crumbling out in a manner her dentist had never seen before and she had a lingering sense of pus drainage from it.

I'm not a doctor (or dentist) and have no medical training of course, and I hate to throw cold water on any improvement idea! But I have many missing teeth now thanks to this all, and each time another one bites the dust I am grateful that I just need to have another tooth added to my (painless and much cheaper) partial, and away I go.

I think what might matter is what caused the tooth loss in the first place. If it was due to complications of scleroderma and/or Sjogren's, for example, then you may want to hit the Pause button on the idea and discuss it with your scleroderma expert first.

But if it was caused by just normal stuff, like aging (ha!) or getting hit by a soccer ball at one of our tournaments <hey Lisa>, then that might make you a better candidate for it.

See our Dental Involvement page at:
http://www.sclero.or...tal/a-to-z.html

You'll see, on the positive side, that it says on the page that dental implants work well in instances where scleroderma has caused ligament problems; but my dentist did not agree with that, due to the other issues mentioned above.

That said, you should go for it just because the meds are fabulous. If only they would bottle it and let us take it home -- we'd probably all be junkies then -- but very happy pain-free junkies! :lol:

Good luck and let us know how it all turns out.
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#4 Clementine

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 06:03 AM

Yikes and yikes again. I am going to do more research on this. I do not think my periodontist knows what sclero is because he even asked me to go off Cellcept while healing. My rheumatologist said no way to that one.

I thought it was Sheryl Doomer :) that had implants, but now I'm totally confused. Bless Sherrill's heart and may she be resting in peace. I did not know she was also having these problems.

I would assume that the bone loss and teeth issues are sclero related as it's all just happened the last 3 years. I am so anal about my teeth and flossing. Today I got a waterpik, although it appears it's a little too late for that!

Well, thanks for the info and if anyone else has experience, please do tell. As it is now, I have a ton of crowns and they feel terrible...always have issues with swelling and food getting caught. Nice.

xo,
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 06:36 AM

I actually "began the process" of having two dental implants on March 6th. I also needed to have bone grafted. I was awake during the procedure which took about 1 1/2 hours. I didn't feel a thing. A little pounding and felt funny when he put the stitches in but it really wasn't bad at all. The worst for me was the following day as my mouth was really tender but I didn't need to take any pain medication other than Tylenol. Now, I am in the process of waiting the four months until the impressions can be made and the implants placed. My healing has gone very well so far. I did go to a specialist for the procedure and also had my physicians give their approval before I began. I will be happy when they are all done and will keep you posted. Best of luck. Karen

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 07:26 AM

Hi Tangie,

I, too, had a dental implant. I guess just like with everything else, everybody is different. Supposedly, I haven't had Sclero for very long - I was diagnosed in November kind of by accident and things have been progressing since then. I had mine done (one) about six months ago and had a lot of problems and still do with scar tissue. It has healed with what the dentist said is like really thick skin around where it was done. I can still have a tooth put there, since the thickening is below where the tooth would go. He kept saying everything that happened was highly unusual. I didn't tell him anything about Scleroderma because it was too new and I didn't want anyone to know.

Good luck - I hope it works out for you. It could be that I'm just "unusual." :unsure:

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 07:27 AM

Jennifer, you aren't cracking up. I also had implants. Mine went well. I haven't had any other major teeth issues so far. I have a total of 3 implants now. I have 4 or 5 caps or crowns as some people call them. My dentist pretty much said he thought I wouldn't have any major issues and if I did within a few years he would put the cost that I paid him towards a partial plate if necessary. My dentist feels that a person is better off with a permanent fix when ever possible verses removable appliances. It could be he just gets to collect now and then again later. You are young; if you can keep your teeth and have a few implants you won't have as many issues as dealing with oral appliances for the rest of your life. False teeth aren't all they are cracked up to be. So lets hope most of us can wait a very long time for the fake choppers. I don't know what issues you are dealing with. I had intense pain that wouldn't go away. The roots of my teeth were dying. I have TMJ but it does not bother me near as much since I had my teeth fixed. I didn't suffer much pain after the ordeal was completed. All my pain was before hand. Of course you have discomfort but you are having surgery. Best of wishes for a speedy recovery.
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 07:40 AM

Hi Jennifer,

Well, there you go -- Sheryl and Sherrill had tooth implants, Shelley did not. Sheryl did fine; Sherrill did not; Shelley abstained.

Nothing confusing there...no sirree, I'm sure we can all keep that straight. :P
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#9 Sheryl

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:37 PM

Shelley, You are too funny. All those Ssssssssssss's could definately confuse anyone. Good for several silly smiles.
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 03:19 PM

wow you all just confused me but Jen good luck and I hope all goes well. Take care and keep us updated. Sam
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 04:59 PM

Jen,

I wish you the very best with the transplants that are upcoming.


take care of yourself

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 01:23 PM

Thanks everyone. I am worried because I have several crowns already, and I think the are ill fitting. Maybe it's my dentist, or maybe it's my mouth not healing so the crowns fell off. I'll never know.
I am scheduled to have 3 implants and the teeth will be extracted and the implants placed at the same time.

Karen, did you have your tooth extracted and you are waiting 4 months to get the implant or are you waiting on the crown? Some dentist do the implant at time of extraction but sometimes they prefer to wait. Good luck!!!

Sheryl, does your mouth feel comfortable? Do you have any that get inflamed often? I am so happy to hear they are OK.

Shelley, do you think your dentist was more concerned about the IMPLANT, specifically, healing or was he worried about any dental work not healing properly? -- so many questions...

I don't know if my dental trouble is sclero related or not but none of my "healthy" friends my age have my issues.

Thank you for sharing your stories. Now, I need to think about partials. My husband wants me to do the best thing for my health and he thinks a partial is the way to go.

Sheryl, I don't think of myself as young. Is 41 young? :)

xo
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Posted 01 June 2008 - 04:12 AM

Tangelo...I actually had a two-tooth bridge which attached on either side to crowns. The crowns were becoming questionable (they have both been there for several years). So, the bridge was removed and I elected to have the two implants instead of another bridge because it would be stronger. One of the crowns the bridge had been attached to was an "eye" tooth making it more prone to heavy use, and thus more likely that a bridge could break more easily.

So, to answer your question, I did not have to have any teeth removed for the implants, only the bridge. My gums were cut and the "pegs" inserted into the bone area. I am now in the process of waiting to determine if the pegs successfully fuse to the bone (a 4-month process). On July 2, I go back and they check to inisure the process has been successful and then proceed on to having impressions made for the actual two teeth. (If it is not succcessful, the surgeon will return all of my money and I will then proceed with another bridge which was my second choice). The implants will be placed and hopefully it all will turn out great. Let me know if you have additional questions. Karen

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 06:55 AM

Jen,
Yes 41 is young!!!!! I'm 54 and I still consider myself "somewhat" young or maybe just "not old'. :)

AnyHoo - Shelley found a great side (OsseoNews - The World of Implant Dentistry Online) with discussions on dental implants. I've added a couple of discussions to our Dental Involvement page. You might check it out.

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 08:48 AM

Hey Jen,



My daughter in law had a couple of implants. She's just finished them. She doesn't have sclero however. She had many problems and numerous surgeries and they finally got it right. They needed to do grafts etc and they kept not taking, and she was on antibiotics for months and months. In the end everything was fine, but it was a long several year process.



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Posted 01 June 2008 - 04:51 PM

Janey,

Thank you so much for the dental implant information. The dentist wanted me to get two more and I was afraid to because of all the problems I had with the first one.

Cheri

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Posted 02 June 2008 - 06:41 AM

Yes Jen, 41 is young. My oldest son is 38 and he is a youngster. So, I guess you qualify. I don't have any problems with my teeth at the moment. I was lucky I didn't have any surgical problems or any aftermath effects. My teeth and bite are quite right. No pain in jaw or no bone issues. You will do fine. Keep your original teeth as long as you can. Save them however you can. Let us know when everything is done, and how you are doing. Keep writting.
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Posted 02 June 2008 - 08:47 AM

Hi,

I will give you one more experience with implants. I had one and it is a fine strong tooth. However, I was diagnosed with Scleroderma in the middle of the process. I had two problem. For one it took a very long time to heal, additionally one of the bone grafts failed. When I told my dentist that I had just been diagnosed with SSc. The first thing he said was "I knew something was wrong". Anyway we decided not to try a second bone graft, so it does not look as good as I would like, but it has not given me any trouble once it healed, so I am glad I did it.
keep on smiling

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Posted 02 June 2008 - 09:27 AM

I had two dental implants done about four years ago. The dentist put the pegs in and then waited a longer time that usual to attach the teeth to make sure the pegs would hold. It went fine and have given me no trouble. The ironic part is a year after they were implanted I had to stop eating food because of the SSc (systemic scleroderma) and am now on TPN (total parenteral nutrition; also known as tubal feeding). Not fair is it, especially since the procedure is so expensive.

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Posted 02 June 2008 - 09:49 AM

no bunny, it's not fair - on so many levels. :o
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