I can speak from experience. The dentist said the best bet for me is to have all teeth removed and get dentures. My chemo was only delayed a week, but I did not have the problems with my WBC like you do. endstream endobj 716 0 obj <>stream I’ve had about 4 of my teeth break off. * Painful mouth and gums. Come to find out one of my teeth in the back bottom had just broke. this is unfair. Never ends does it??? So I too have gone nearly a year with two missing upper molars Yet have curiously had no problem chewing. Hydration is vitally important for your body to take in the toxicity while flushing it. 740 0 obj <>stream Titianium is used for the screw. Hypodontia is the absence of one or more teeth. Teeth may fall out. I didn't realize there was a controversy about root canals. It's so disappointing to be doing everyting thing you are told to do only to find out that your teeth are getting worse. You don't have to do anything except put them on and tie the tie however you want. * You are more likely to get an infection, which can be dangerous when you are receiving cancer treatment. About your bald head - have you looked at Titillating Turbans? Failure of the dental lamina or tooth bud formation causes abnormal development. what a ripoff.. that is after you've paid $600 in premiums. 2. Good friend of mine is a dental hygienist, below is part of her email info --. H��Wkk\7�+��.�V�� j;mSj��B)i(�։��ǁ���̌t�nHC����s�4��s4������ͫ���. This is what he said to me: 1. I have also had molars pulled. Your mouth has to stay moist to help eliminate the cavity causing germs. Oral complications caused by chemotherapy include ... fractured teeth, loose crowns or fillings, or gum disease. A week later, I went in for more x-rays and found out I had a severe infection and that I had deep roots. oh well it could be the region and the weather. I was up on my dental work prior to my treatment, and afterwards started having troubles (alot of troubles) - hence my asking him … any ideas as to getting the courage for yet more torture? I only wore my wig to church or special events. (Am lucky to have great med insurance, but dental is mediocre at best.). Delayed Growth. Chemotherapy can affect the growth and development of children's teeth. Then he said something I will not repeat here about fanatics. After I read your post, one of my front teeth chipped and I just had to have it fixed. I suppose the one titanium screw in my mouth is nothing compared to what is in my leg! Best toothpaste for chemo patients? Thus, one must be extra careful and must do everything it takes to avoid the occurrence of teeth breaking and chipping. It doesn't show, it's a little awkward, tho. Got a lot of looks, but mainly from kids. Two of those molars had had root canals, I'm nearly certain. These mild to severe side effects can include mouth sores, infection, dry mouth, sensitive gums and jaw pain. Your diet, genetics, bone development and habits all affect the condition of your teeth. Black teeth may start as spots on the teeth that appear brown or gray in color. Any one else have teeth problems? I was scheduled for chemo 2/1/12 In the end, we must be our own advocates as can't rely and trust what many docs tell us. Problems with teeth are the most common. I was not on chemo at the time though. When hit with diagnosis, continuing dental work was put on the back burner. ���;_7��B�0�c� ��| &p �����:�` 9|�6��-TPC����G�e��ȡW��V}{�C�9��Y"����ʻ�!�%ɐ)�h����m����$/ This means the body is less able to eliminate off infections from bacteria, fungus and infections. These drugs kill cancer cells, but they may also harm normal cells, including cells in the mouth. When I went in for my last cleaning in October, they decided they were not going to do anything cause they were affraid of what damage may come out of the cleaning. Chemotherapy destroys white blood cells, weakening your immune system. Hope the antibiotics help your pain. H�t��j�0����l)�%%q,0�hKKX�ú��"����Fv.���e�)���i�g����.�3/^�`[?�.�i8G������⮷�eGў�Ȋ��~N�?�B7�f��t8��_==��yx�y��ք�������n�5w�c�Kt>����������q3D�&�=��ٜ�{/ 9��L;8?���h���Z��׺l���W뜳�b J �B� ��� ���k�uVx� �&�Q� �PGU eI�4)V�0 �^) ��Ys����P�-J�s Copyright 2000-2019 © Cancer Survivors Network. Am broke enough from the holiday season without facing major dental bills. Makes sense, but when they do a bridge even when removing one tooth, file down the tooth in front and back (either side of extracted tooth), basically making it thinner and less strong. However, if you do not have saliva or constant dry mouth, that is prone to cause more decay to your teeth. Mine came back but are really puny - just like the hair on the remainder of my body, including my head. What you'll find each of us has different dental issues, don't think just because you have chemo your teeth expenditures will increase. endstream endobj 715 0 obj <>stream I had just had a tooth pulled for an implant, so suffered with a hole in my mouth for over a year. You can go to the dental school there for dental work. Your doctor may need to cut back on your cancer treatment or may even stop it. Again, so comfortable and pretty. %PDF-1.7 %���� This summary is about oral complications caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Many advocate having all root canals removed (teeth pulled) but it's hard to know whether they are merely fanatics or on to something. I still have about 4 teeth that have root canals. I was eating rice one night and had a hard crunch like a rock was in my mouth. Dental and oral side effects can make it difficult to eat, talk, chew, or swallow. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Long-term effects of chemo on teeth. I've had 3 extracted and need another 5 or 6 removed. ���U���'��*�ISࢋ�����=�Dt��bM{� I too started having problems with my teeth, which were well kept up, my gums hurt so bad had to take a viciden, throbbing so bad. When the front teeth break, especially in children, it is usually due to a fall a fall or a hit to the face or mouth. This can upset the healthy balance of bacteria. endstream endobj 711 0 obj <>/Metadata 102 0 R/OpenAction 712 0 R/Outlines 155 0 R/PageLabels 701 0 R/Pages 705 0 R/StructTreeRoot 180 0 R/Type/Catalog/ViewerPreferences<>>> endobj 712 0 obj <> endobj 713 0 obj <>/ExtGState<>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageC]/XObject<>>>/Rotate 0/StructParents 0/Tabs/S/TrimBox[0.0 0.0 288.0 648.0]/Type/Page>> endobj 714 0 obj <>stream Several oral problems can occur during high-dose chemotherapy. Some treatment options may include fluoride treatments to prevent cavities, filling existing cavities, treating gum disease, removing infected teeth or restoring crowns or bridge work to ensure you will be able to chew your food. In fact, Jo Ann, since the two missing molars are not a cosmetic problem, am even wondering if it's safe to go another year or more without replacing them. In fact, one of my root canals years later became really abscessed. Very useful information. After I had pulled all the lose hair out, I got the hair cutting razor set it at the lowest setting and shaved the rest off. These changes may lead to mouth sores, infections, and tooth decay. Haven't decided on an implant or not. Also curious: for two days after my extractions (all done within an hour!). My teeth are now yellowish and more sensitive than before. It is the result of defects in the initial phase of the tooth formation cycle. Much more energy nearly within a day. However, if you do not have saliva or constant dry mouth, that is prone to cause more decay to your teeth. The things we do to stay healthy and then realize after much research, it's unhealthy....gee!! Thank you. I was in middle of some major dental treatments prior to chemo --- implants. 0 With the root canals what I've found, they can leave some of the root without knowing it, which possibly cause infection and other issues. Tooth decay occurs when plaque -- acids created by a sticky film of bacteria -- attack your tooth enamel. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions. Chemo sucks. Salivary glands make saliva. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy damage healthy cells as well, which can leave your teeth vulnerable to infection. 6v�f�x�J��'X���f������Ň��WR {e�h �X�8_?�����붜�YtE>�U�)��o�`B�6���#T�6�|ܧI���B�7�?a)a�p��n���A�\�ʇ�����̳��ɟ�kim[Ց��0�#l� Not only don't we get thru cancer and treatments, now must watch everything we do to our bodies and any consequences to our health. Anyone can go. After that, an impression is done and a "false" tooth is made, and it is then attached to the screwed-in device. or advice? If youve had several teeth break or chip, you may wonder why your teeth are fragile, and more importantly, if there is anything you can do to strength them. I just went bald. trish. But am afraid to face likely need for major work as a result of chemo; have heard that chemo can wreak havoc on our mouths. what have others done to get their teeth covered. h�b```"5η �����x�Ȫ���2զ���Ak>�� eg);�>��q+M��V�u��\�*@},�6�${�J� One of these days you will have a good day. My hubbie has an artificial hip and knee....stems are all titanium, too. Chipped and breaking teeth are uncomfortable, unsettling and unsightly. Now I can't eat again, just when I was eating, now this. I sat on the bed with a plastic bag and pulled the hair out. Couldn't find anything and at the time was suggesting that I might have a tumor on the roof of my mouth. C hemo and tooth pain? They're very versatile, lots of different looks and so easy to wear. It would be interesting to know how many of us who were diagnosed with uterine cancers have had root canal work--and how many of them. Side effects include problems with your teeth and gums; the soft, moist lining of your mouth; and the glands that make saliva (spit). I never got the knack of tying scarves. my teeth are chipping off and oncologist said its from chemo and radiation. It does take time to adjust to losing your hair. More controversy!! Bn �W�εX 8�� ��9� _z�H)s�H����k:�1�� {�1��*MF��{��aDO��__ L��9 I try not to eat food that requires too much chewing. So for me, I guess I just have bad teeth. I don't have the BEST teeth but I have not had ANY issues regarding my teeth since I completed treatment in Dec. 2008. I'm cold all the time I'll just be wearing hats through the winter. If it had been winter I would have worn hats and scarves. Another area to watch, materials they use in fillings...watch the mercury and BPA (plastic). e�i4��`������e�;�N�9oG&AwZ�f�x�e:mQx4r�Tʔ�Lq�JD:of?��3{� �|� �'�ɫ2����-'�g�����&ԑ�&��o�4�h��B^G�Eo�h��~�F6}�Fo�&{�B~K��!�}$6�&�'���-N��T�P�MS��`�XJ�TF��&�����a)qBa�c��i5q�5�(�3�^�@�����X$\�Z����� Tracking down the particular factors in your own case can help point the way toward treatments that can help. Dental treatment during chemotherapy? And I don't think it was psychological, for I was exepcting to feel horrid for a week or so. Teeth are breaking from previous chemotherapy. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may cause changes in the lining of the mouth and the salivary glands, which make saliva. Come to think about it, it was about 3 or 4 years later that I was diagnosed with cancer. ....because I have titanium hardware in a leg that I broke 15 years ago! If you are newly diagnosed with any form of cancer and will be seeking treatment, you should establish a relationship with a dentist who has experience in providing dental care for cancer patients as soon as possible. Hugs to you, Irene. Did you finally have it repaired or pulled. It's been about a year and know I should go in for cleaning and checkup. Sending (((HUGS)))) your way. The chemotherapy treatments ended in feb. 2010. Most of the oral complications caused by chemotherapy are short term and typically resolve after treatment ends. I stuck with every 6 month dental checkup the whole time in treatments and nothing new was found. I used to cry every time a tooth broke, now it's old hat. 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