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My dentist just told me he recommends I have my bad tooth extracted and have an implant, which of course means oral surgery. I have had a root canal and crown right now, and it's just not healing. He said I'd be on antibiotics for a couple of months. Oh, and the best part...it cost around $1700. Yep. There goes any fun I may have been able to have.

 

Do you all think I should call my rheumatologist before I have oral surgery? My rheumatologist told me to continue on Cellcept while on Amoxycillan but now that I will be on it for an extended period of time I kind of think I need to let him know. I don't have an appt. with rheumatologist until one month and I need to fix my tooth within the month.

 

The dentist told me it takes a healthy person 3-4 months to heal from this kind of surgery, so how long is it going to take me!?

 

I need about one hundred hugs right now. A trip to Costa Rica wouldn't hurt either.

Jen

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Oh Sweet Jen,

 

I am so sorry. My daughter in law is going through the same thing, but hers is costing $6000., so maybe you are getting a good deal. She has had several small grafts, surgeries, LOTS of antibiotics etc and it's going on a year and they are not done yet. It's a pain for real.

 

I would definitely contact your rheumatologist before going through with any of it though.

 

Hang in there!


Warm and gentle hugs,

 

Pamela

ISN Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Jennifer, You will have a beautiful face and a beautiful smile. Go for it. If you are on a good antibotic for at least 3 to 4 weeks you should heal about the same as everyone else. I guess we just need antibotics a bit longer than the average person. I have a surgical steel post and crown as a front tooth. The healing time was about 2 months I didn't have any problems. Without tapping on my front teeth, no one knows which one is the real one and which one is made of polymers. Now, when this is completed you can save to do something fun. You Go Girlfriend.

 

Opps! I almost forgot the hugs. I am reaching and stretching and traveling to Colorado. I hope this really big hug gets to you. Also, smiles across the miles. Hugs to you. Sheryl


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

Sheryl Doom

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International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((JEN)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

 

Yea, I'd call my rheumatologist if I were you.

 

So sorry you have to go through this. I hate going to the dentist. I'd rather go to the gynecologist than the dentist - if that tells you how how much I hate it! :lol:

 

Do you have dental insurance? Is that the cost before or after insurance?

 

Wish you could take that trip! Could you settle for a big fat margurita?

 

((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((More hugs))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

 

Love,

Barefut


Take care,

Barefut

 

Serena Justis

ISN Blogger

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Sweet,

Yea, I am really scared. I know it's going to be a long process. I am really afraid of this infection. I think what I will do is consult with both the endodontist and periodontist. Then, I will call my rheumatologist. If I decide on the tooth extraction, that's going to have to heal before an implant can be placed. It just all sounds painful and I am really worried about not being able to get rid of the infection. If I get the root canal retreated, and that doesn't work, I will end up paying two doctors.

Does your friend have an autoimmune disease?

 

My husband is out of town and I need him right now.

xo,

Jen

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Jen,

 

No my daughter in law does not have an autoimmune disorder. She lost her tooth in a motorcycle accident and had a metal post and crown in place for years. But she kept getting sinus infections etc and they couldn't figure out why. Then finally a dentist realized she had this infection for years that just wasn't going away. He stated this was the only way to get it taken care of once and for all, so they decided to go for it. Her's is her FRONT tooth. Be glad yours isn't. (I think yours is a molar right?) Things haven't looked pretty along the way for her, but hopefully in the end it will.


Warm and gentle hugs,

 

Pamela

ISN Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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<<I need about one hundred hugs right now. A trip to Costa Rica wouldn't hurt either.>>

 

Jen ,

 

Brian Willliams just ran a news report last night about people from the States heading across the border into Mexico for dental work plus a vacation on the coast. Dental work is half the cost or less and with the extra $$$, they enjoy the week there. Sounded good to me!!!

 

Take care, Everyone.

Margaret

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I've been researching dental implants. I just talked to my best friend that used to work for a dentist and she said NOT to get the implant unless I had to, that it was major. Yikes.

 

My next question is this...if you get an implant (it's like a screw) wouldn't your body see this as foreign and cause even more problems?

 

 

Oh dear, my luck Brian Williams' next story would be about the girl with scleroderma that went south of the border for dental work and came back with a (one) boob implant. Just kidding..but I hear of all those stories of plastic surgery done there with people really messed up! Sounds fun though.

 

Thanks for all of the encouragement. I just do not think I'm up for the challenge. It will take so long for it to be finalized and I dread it.

Jen

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Hi Jen

 

My oral surgery is on Monday...yuck. I'm also on Cellcept and will start the antibiotics Monday as well.

 

Here's a tip that might help fight infection. Take a cap full of perioxide....dilute if to much for you. Swish around in your mouth, try to hold it for up to 10 minutes than spit it out. Once daily.

 

And extra benefit-it'll also brighten those pearly whites.

 

Good Luck

Colleen

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My dentist told me to use hydrogen peroxide (bottled for oral use at 3.5%) but he said it should only be used daily for about a week each month at full strength, though it could be diluted to use every day. He said it would prevent much tooth decay. I asked him why dentists were not all giving it out. He said something along the lines of, "Do the math." I notice it is now being added to whitening mouthwashes, etc.


Warm wishes,

Jefa

 

Carrie Maddoux

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums Support Specialist

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums UK Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Thanks Colleen! Good luck with your surgery. Let me know how it goes.

Do the math. Wow, I never really thought of it like that. Makes sense. My dentist told me that rinsing with peroxide and water could actually deter healing.

Has anyone heard of that? When we were discussing why I still had infection I told him when it felt inflamed, I would gargle with peroxide and water.

 

I am taking the weekend off from all this tooth drama. It's in the "do when I feel better" file.

xo

Jennifer

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Hey Darlin'

((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((BIG HUGS)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))0

I'm so sorry you are having to go through this. You certainly didn't need anything else on your plate!

I had a close friend that went through the implant procedure and it was tedious and at times "not too enjoyable"; however, she now feels like it was well worth it. Many of the problems she was having are gone. No, she does not have an autoimmune disease.

I think you need to consult with all the doctors you mentioned including your rheumatologist. As far as the healing process, I have actually found that I heal very fast. We are collagen producing machines.

 

I was also told by my dentist NOT to use hydrogen peroxide because it slows the healing the process. I'll have to do a little research on that one since there's seems to be quite a bit of discrepancy between what dentists are saying. HUM! Not surprising though.

 

Please do take the weekend off. Enjoy yourself!

 

Big, big hugs,

Janey


Janey Willis

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(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi Jennifer,

 

I've lost a lot of teeth, but never had an implant. I just have a partial. And whenever I lose another tooth, they just add it to the partial. The healing is a thousand times quicker this way, and eliminates the possibilities of rejection and infection. Plus it is so much cheaper, too!

 

Altogether, it's just a few minutes for the tooth to be pulled, then a few weeks to have the partial (or in your case, single tooth replacement) made.

 

If scleroderma or Sjogren's is affecting your mouth, that can slow down and defeat the healing process for an implant (with bone resorption, ligament recession, and complications caused by dry mouth). With the odds of an easy and successful implant a bit against you, I'd suggest you at least consider just getting a single tooth replacement, or a bridge, if that is possible/feasible.

 

Also see our Dental Involvement section. And best of luck to you, no matter what you decide to do!


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

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International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

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