Overview of Dental Involvement in Systemic Scleroderma Presented by Amanda Thorpe
Systemic scleroderma sometimes affects the mouth, teeth, jaw, and gums. It can cause the mouth to shrink, tooth loss, mouth sores, dry mouth, and jaw pain from TMJ. (Also see: What is Scleroderma?)
Scleroderma is rare, and not everyone with scleroderma develops dental problems related to it. So it is often difficult, if not impossible, to find a dentist with any scleroderma dental experience.
It can help to seek out a good family dentist, one that also treats children, because they are used to dealing with smaller mouths (such as scleroderma can cause) and they will have the right equipment (such as small mouth rests and impression trays).
People with scleroderma and the accompanying Raynaud's should always specify "no epinephrine" ("no epi" for short) for novacaine (numbing) because epinephrine can cause or worsen attacks of Raynaud's. (Also see: Raynaud's)
Bone Resorption of the Mandible. Systemic sclerosis (SSc), commonly known as scleroderma, can cause jaw bone resorption and tooth root resorption which can cause ligament loosening. The results of this are that teeth may loosen, crack, and either fall out or need to be extracted. ISN.
Candida (Fungal Infection) and Systemic Scleroderma
Dental Amalgam and Autoimmune Disease. Mercury in dental amalgam (a material that is commonly used to fill dental cavities) may be a risk factor for autoimmune diseases, such as systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). ISN.
Scleroderma Dental Involvement. Systemic sclerosis (SSc), commonly known as scleroderma, can cause numerous dental problems when it affects the face and mouth. ISN.
Sjogren'sSensitive teeth is the term used to describe teeth that hurt when they are exposed to things like air, hot or cold food, or brushing and flossing. ISN.
Sjögren's Syndrome. About twenty percent of patients with systemic scleroderma also have Secondary Sjögren's Syndrome. Hallmark symptoms of Sjögren's include dry eyes and dry mouth, however in some cases Sjögren's can also affect the skin, lungs, heart, kidneys, muscles, and central nervous system. ISN.
Taste and Smell Impairments in Systemic Sclerosis
Taste and Smell Impairments. Taste and smell disorders can be caused by many things. Surprisingly, losing a sense of smell is a strong indication of poor health, so it warrants a trip to the doctor to identify the underlying cause. ISN.
TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular (Jaw) Joint
TMJ and Systemic Sclerosis. TMJ problems are common in otherwise healthy people. A very rare cause of TMJ is systemic sclerosis (SSc), commonly known as scleroderma. ISN.
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