How Crohn’s Medications Made My Dental Surgery Frustrating

How Crohn’s Medications Made My Dental Surgery Frustrating
Recently I learned of a connection between dental problems and Crohn’s disease. It makes a lot of sense, as I’ve had issues with my teeth for some time now. A few months ago, I bent forward to pick something off the ground and misjudged the spacing between my head and the corner of a table. I ended up knocking out three of my teeth right at the gum line! Thankfully, it wasn’t very noticeable unless I smiled big. I already feel very self-conscious about my appearance and disabilities, so having a big gap between my teeth was too much for me to ignore or put off. I looked into getting implanted teeth. They're not dentures and aren't removable. They are very expensive, even with dental insurance. With the gap so close to my front teeth, I didn’t care much that the procedure was so expensive — I just wanted my problem fixed. When I met with the oral surgeon, he had concerns. He explained that my health problems and medications work against me for oral surgeries, so I wasn’t a candidate for implanted teeth. That surprised me because my Crohn’s wasn’t horrible at the time and my other health conditions were controlled. A single phrase from the surgeon made the problem clear: “You’re immunocompromised.” There was too much risk of infection. Additionally, I'm on steroids for treatment of both Crohn's and asthma, so my bones are weakened and break easily. Therefore, the implant could be a challenge to secure, even with bone grafts. He said it’s just too risky. Hearing that upset me because steroids have already complicated much of my life. I returned to my regular dentist, who
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