Sjogren's and Just How We Lack Professionals in the Medical Field that truly Understand all of what Sjogren's can do....

Such an important thing - there is certainly NOT enough education, even with the medical professionals when it comes to Sjogren's. I in fact even after trying everything in my power to fight the autoimmune illness, lost ALL of my teeth to Sjogren's. It was a very hard ordeal to go through and even today, it remains something I feel "odd" about,although my dentures are very pretty. But, each and every one of my teeth were "eaten" from the inside out, and no signs of Sjogrens appeared to be causing issues, until suddenly I had 3 or 4 teeth completely break off at the gum line. I went in to see my dentist, who actually sent me to another dentist due to my own having also issues with horrible arthritis that is not allowing him to do nearly as much dental work. He had been a dentist here locally for gosh 30 plus I am sure... anyway, I was given a "full round" scan... and inside just about every tooth, you could see that basically all I had was a "shell" left... thus after over a year of pulling them all, and allowing all of that to heal, along with a couple of dry sockets, then one of the tiny cartilage bones between my maxillary sinus passage was  pulled and thus a tiny hole that they call a "communication" happened. This I had to have that "repaired" two times, then allow it to completely heal over before I had the final teeth removed, and the dentures put in place. After that, I had to wait another almost 3 months for the bone and all to heal. Then I had the "mini implants" put on the bottom dentures to hold them in place... besides all of the time... the COST is ASTRONOMICAL!!! And even though it was caused by a "medical illness" I could never get a dime out of my insurance for any of it... just insanity... and at the very LEAST that type of thing is in the ballpark range of $12,000.00 and usually much more depending on which dentist and what your complications and so forth could be...



Here is an article that gives some answers to questions about Sjogren's...


http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Sjogrens_Syndrome/default.asp?WT.mc_id=social_niamstwitter

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