• DENISTRY

    Asked by CASSIEME1 on Monday, July 25, 2016

    DENISTRY

    HAVE ANYONE ELSE HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH THEIR TEETH FOLLOWING CANCER TREATMENT OR IN THE MIST OF TREATMENT. I HAD ORAL SURGERY IN JANUARY DUE TO 2 OF MY TEETH BREAKING OFF TO THE GUM LINE. NOW I HAVE ONE IN THE FRONT OF MY MOUTH THAT IS DECAYING FROM THE BACK AND I HAD ONE TO BREAK OFF IN HALF ON THE OTHER SIDE OF MY MOUTH.

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    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Yes.

      I now have half a mouth of crowns, five root canals, bonded teeth, and am not particularly looking forward to two implants...
      Except it would be nice to chew on that side again...

      While I was undergoing radiation every filling in my mouth fell out. And then it has just gotten worse.

      Ah well.

      Best wishes.

      over 1 year ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      You may not have followed my ordeal 3 years ago. I've had a dozen or more oral surgeries, implants, dentures, etc. All following radiation to the neck/throat/jaw. Take a look at my journey for head and neck cancer. It's been an ordeal for sure.

      over 1 year ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      See also @geekling's post on teeth and radiation:
      https://www.whatnext.com/questions/would-you-help-out-with-a-little-local-survey-2

      My comment on that post included the fact that I am on an aromatase inhibitor, which can cause bone loss. I also wrote, "Another confounding variable is that I had been severely bulimic as a teenager and young adult, to the point where my teeth had decalcified back then. So, with respect to the effect of cancer treatment on teeth, I had started from a different baseline than someone who had not already experienced that kind of decalcification."

      That said, I had to get a crown last month. Shortly thereafter, the tooth next to the one with the crown started acting up and was X-rayed this morning. I'm now on antibiotics and am looking at a probable root canal. Given my other issues, it's hard to tell what role cancer treatment might play. I had chemo and radiation two years ago, but I am still on the AI.

      over 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I had just had implants when I was diagnosed. The two on the bottom fell out due to bone loss :(

      over 1 year ago
    • greytmomm's Avatar
      greytmomm

      I've had all teeth capped 12 years ago because they were all going bad since treatment in 1976. No one knew. They thought I didn't take care of my teeth and smoked. I now have an obturator and I haven't even had chemo yet. H + N cancer fun. The doctor S.A.s that I could have jaw surgery in the near future. The joys of living with cancer. We're tough we'll make it to our new normal.

      over 1 year ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      My mouth is nothing but stubs of teeth all are black. I have a private Medicare insurance. The dental insurance does not cover the dental work I would need. It only covers cleaning, fillings simple extractions. The sliding scale dental clinic could not perform the work needed. I live in constant fear of an abscess. I asked my insurance agent what would happen if one should occur, Her said that Medicare would cover emergency room and hospitalization. My thoughts what if one time I didn't make it to the ER in time. I also have serious jaw problems due to a dislocated jaw.

      over 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      BoiseB, if you know your tooth is abscessed, you can call your dentist or PCP and ask for an antibiotic to relieve the infection until you go to the dentist.

      Just last week I had a front tooth break off to the gum line after losing a filling. I, too, am wondering about the expense of a "bridge" or implant, although I have insurance to pay half. I'm to the point that I wonder if my expected life span makes it not worth the money to fix it.

      over 1 year ago
    • Judytjab's Avatar
      Judytjab

      Yes, I had 4 teeth break in one year.

      over 1 year ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      Can't remember if it was during radiation treatments or almost right after.I ended up with my top teeth with a whole bridge.That was an ordeal in itself for weeks going to the dentist all around having surgery twice,radiation,doctor apps galore,etc.The only relief is one of the staff was picking me up and the dentist himself was bringing me home in his sports car. he,he.

      over 1 year ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      The real problem with Dentistry is it is separate from other aspects of the medical profession. When I discussed with my PCP she sent me to a sliding scale clinic. The clinic had no dental surgeons. Because a large portion of my esophagus has been removed I have a chocking problem when I lean back. I also have very bad TMJ so the sliding scale clinic won't even attempt to treat me. So I have been told that if my teeth become unbearable painful take my temperature if it is 101 or more go to the ER where they will give me antibiotics. That will only solve the problem temporarily.

      over 1 year ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Its the gubmint. It allows private insurance to treat ussens like rhe rhree monkeys. Medicare is the same.

      Remember the three monkeys? There is see no evil (Medicare wont cover eyeglasses) and there is hear no evil (hearing aids are not considered a need) and there is speak no evil (the only thing that they might help you with is a simple extraction)"

      The monkeys are usually pictured covering their eyes, their ears and their mouth. Everything they cover insurance does not.

      Nobody cares if a person goes blindly into the night. They cant see you. Nobody wants you to hear and understand. They cant hear you. Nobody wants to be able to be understood as you complain or understand and empathize with your complaints.

      Bah humbug. Other countries are much more civilized than the US.

      Im really tired of a perpetual enemy. Our whole infrastructure needs repair from our bridges and buildings to our people. Promote the general welfare indeed!

      over 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Just food for thought---we have a dental school here (associated with the medical school) that charges approximately half price for everything. If you have one even in a nearby town, it might be worth going. You can be a comprehensive patient and get lots of things done, or you can just get a tooth pulled on an emergency basis, which used to cost about $50. The medical school also has their Maxillo-facial Residents (M.D.'s) do a rotation in the Dental School, which would probably be what you need to see due to your TMJ, etc.

      Also I've heard that our State Health Department has a Dental Clinic and will pull teeth cheap or free, but nothing cosmetic.

      FYI, when I had an abscessed tooth around Christmas and went to a new dentist, he gave me antibiotics and told me to come back the next week to give it time to get better.

      If you've never had an abscessed tooth, you'll know it before you get a temperature of 101, because it would probably hurt awhile before that. One Friday when i had a toothache and the dental school was already closed, I walked in to a strange dentist's office and asked if they would do something for my tooth, and he X-rayed and gave me an antibiotic to get me out of pain.

      over 1 year ago
    • Sharlie's Avatar
      Sharlie

      Just reading through this question and all of the responses breaks my heart. I'm so sorry for all of the troubles everyone has experienced in the past or currently going through. This thread is a good example of how as Barry puts it..."cancer is the gift that keeps on giving." And people think that just because a treatment has ended that we should all feel better and get on with life. Yeah, right. I have to admit that I really knew next to nothing about cancer until I was diagnosed and began my own research and I've learned more by being a WhatNexter than anywhere else. I often read questions and respond even when I'm not directly affected by the issue, such as this thread in order to continue learning and to offer whatever support I can. it would be nice if I knew that my brain would retain all of this information in case I need it in the future, but my brain is already on information overload. It is terrible that so many don't have any dental insurance these days and yet for cancer patients, dental care is really crucial. This is just another need that is not being addressed. I know that Joe Biden in his Moon Shot for cancer has been looking for ideas and comments on the needs that he and his group need to address and this is certainly one of them. If anyone gets an opportunity to submit input, this would be important to address. How I wish I could take away all of the various lost list of pain and suffering that all here experience.

      over 1 year ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      My health insurance will cover the ER if I have an abscess the ER will see me for an abscess if I have excruciating pain plus a temperature over 101. I talked with the State Dental School. They said that they doubted that there was a dentist in the state that could handle my situation given the injured jaw and TMJ. Sometimes the after effects of marriage are as bad as those of cancer.

      over 1 year ago
    • happydyad's Avatar
      happydyad

      I ended up with 4 root canals and some tooth shifting during the 1st year after diagnosis. Sometimes I feel like I'm falling apart. I know I'm not and that in some ways I am stronger than ever....but none of those ways involves dental health or physical strength or appearance. It is what it is. Judy in Ky

      over 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      BoiseB, have you talked to a Maxillo-facial specialist or that department at a medical school? They are M.D.'s and one saw my mother in the ER after a car accident when she broke a bone above her lip. (It may be called an Oral-Maxillo-facial specialist.)

      over 1 year ago
    • marilynhankins' Avatar
      marilynhankins

      BoiseB, I have had 12 fillings since my radiation and tamoxifen 3.5 years ago. I never used to have cavities at all. I have also had over 100 mouthsores in that time! I am now doing flouride treatments daily. I hope to see improvement on my next dentist visit. Hope yours gets better.

      over 1 year ago

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