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  1. Karenpi

    3 dental implants

    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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    3 dental implants

    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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    PAH And High Heart Rate

    Hi...Thank you for the information on pulmonary hypertension. I see my pulmonary doctor in two weeks and I need to talk to him about my suspicion that I have this. It has come on quite quickly during the last 3 or so months. What are some of the "right" things to ask on this visit? I have had sclero for nine years with pulmonary fibrosis which seems to have been pretty much under control. I exercise (walk) but am finding it more and more difficult to walk steps without getting totally winded. My heart rate goes up upon exertion but my blood pressure is within the normal range at rest or with limited activity. I don't know if my pulmonary doctor specializes in PH. Any advice? Thanks, Karen
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    Hi Everyone - I'm New

    Welcome Monika.... We were in Australia last April/May and absolutely loved your country! The people were really nice as well. I am also new to the forum and have found the discussion on a variety of topics very helpful and the general conversation inspirational. I am happy you are with us. Karenpi
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    Scleroderma Lips

    Jackie...my skin is also very dry and scales (especially in the winter). I have found a product that really works well for me. It was developed by dermatologists at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. You can send me a PM and I can give you more specific information about it. I find that putting it on when I just get out of the shower and am still a little wet works the best. Hope this information is helpful. Karen
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    Good Days

    Jackie...I just love when I have a really good day. I usually try to get everything done and end up over doing it...but it is great while it lasts. You have a wonderful day and enjoy your shopping extravaganza! Karen
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    Scleroderma Lips

    Boy can I relate! I'm 59 so I can use "age" as my excuse:) I also have used makeup to cover up my "red polka dots" so I guess it comes with the territory. I agree with others that what radiates from a person usually has a bigger impact than what is outwardly visable. You have a great day today!
  8. Hi everyone! I have been reading your posts for quite some time but this is my first posting and I am happy that I have found this support group. I was diagnosed with scleroderma 8+ years ago. As with many of you, my primary challenges are fatigue, stiffness, shortness of breath (due to pulmonary fibrosis) and skin tightness. On the positive side I am retired and enjoying every minute I can, have an awesome partner who is my primary support system, have excellent physicians, and am optomistic about the future. I look forward to communicating with you and learning all I can about this disease and treatments that have worked for you...especially in the area of pulmonary fibrosis. Have a good day.