Dental implants are metal screws that are surgically implanted into the bone, and then have crowns or bridges attached to them. Systemic sclerosis (SSc), commonly known as scleroderma, can loosen tooth ligaments, causing tooth loss, so dental implants are often considered for scleroderma patients. However, there is still a lack of evidence as to success rate of dental implants in scleroderma patients, and there is great variance in the complications and medications of scleroderma patients. (Also see What is Scleroderma?, Types of Scleroderma, and Systemic Sclerosis)
Dental Implant Candidates. Patients who have lower immune systems due to steroid use, radiation therapy or autoimmune disease, may not be suitable candidates for dental implants and need an alternative method of dental treatment to provide replacement teeth. WhereIsMyDoctor.com.
Implant-supported, long-span fixed partial denture for a scleroderma patient: A clinical report. This clinical report describes the use of modified techniques to fabricate a long-span fixed prosthesis delivered after serial extractions and implant placement. The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.
Dental Implants in Patients with Sjögren's Syndrome (SS). Implant therapy is common in a cohort of SS patients and seem to perform comparable with implants in healthy patients. PubMed, Clin Implant Dent Relat Res, 09/24/2015.
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