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    Getting the last of Dental issues taken care of

    Asked by GGP on Monday, June 3, 2013

    Getting the last of Dental issues taken care of

    Tomorrow I go to my local Dentist to get fitted for dentures, then on Thursday I go for my last Oral Surgery to have the last of my teeth cut out.
    How many of you are dealing with serious dental issues after radiation to the head/mouth/neck area?

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    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Wonderful news. I've had a few dental issues since my diagnoses almost 4 years ago, mostly caused my dry mouth. I've had to have two teeth pulled, but so far so good.

      over 3 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar
      Tracy

      Yup - the saliva glands being burned is XXX on the teeth. So far I have had three removed and I expect more on the future. Because of the nerve damage they basically have to put my face to sleep to do any work on me. I join you in your dental dilemma, I hope this solves it for you. Let me know how it goes, Tracy

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Tracy I have been dealing with this for four years. First they said radiation wasn't causing this problem. Then they said yes it was but since I've had radiation twice on my jaw I couldn't pull them and would have to have some radical dental work done. That was going to include 48K worth of HBO treatments. When I said I didn't have insurance and couldnt pay 48K plus 30 K for radical work and implants, they said, OK, let's pull them suckers. So for the last year I've been having them surgically removed, slowly to make sure they heal as well as possible. And they won't let me have many open sockets at once. This Thursday the last 8 go bye bye, I'm so ready for this. Call me Gumby, Gummy or whatever you wont I won't have broken, jagged teeth anymore. In about 3 or 4 weeks I should have some new tooofers.

      SueRae, that's how it all started, with the dry mouth.

      over 3 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      Looking forward to seeing your new choppers. Good luck with it.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      FreeBird, I am pretty handy with the wood tools, you know Washington made his own teeth. What do you think? I can take a shot at it. I can even do some out of some nice Hickory.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar
      Ydnar2xer

      Greg--the best of luck and a quick recovery to you! Not too many people could have such a positive outlook on having their teeth ruined by cancer. You rock! :-)

      over 3 years ago
    • SeaULater's Avatar
      SeaULater

      My teeth were damaged by the radiation and I had to have them extracted 3 weeks ago (1 1/2 year post radiation treatment). I had 20 hyperbaric before extractions and 10 after. My insurance paid 90% of the treatments which were about $275 each. I am still in the healing mode and will get my dentures in about 2 months.

      over 3 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      I like that idea. Elmer's wood filler for cavities from now on.

      over 3 years ago
    • thestarr's Avatar
      thestarr

      I had to go to the dentist before I started radiation two years ago. The dentist said all my teeth were fine and I didn't need any pulled or work to be done on them. Well, now the situation has changed completely. Because of dry mouth from radiation I had the first tooth pulled and developed Osteoradionecrosis.So now I'm dealing with that. After seeing another dentist, I need lots of dental work and more teeth pulled. I asked my oral surgeon if I should have them all pulled because it looks like more and more teeth will need to come out. He said no I should save them as long as I can. It seems senseless to me to spend all the money to get partials when I know down the road I will need to replace them with dentures. It's a dilemma as to what to do.

      over 3 years ago
    • welderdan's Avatar
      welderdan

      Tomorrow, Weds, I get all of mine pulled. Today I get my 20th HBO treatment, and believe my mouth is ready for it. The 6120 cGY radiation burnt my teeth completely up as well. I don't have any dentures lined up yet, and VA at this point will not provide them. I recommend HBOT as I've been healing noticeable better since the start. My hair is growing in my balding area, whiskers, and even my eye sight has improved. Positive results!

      over 3 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I am dealing with very serious dental problems. These originaled long before cancer. I had a completely incompetant dentist. Who did several bad root canals. One actually abscessed on me (the most painful experience of my life) Over the years I had tried to have the work to correct this done as I could afford it. The last time I had a tooth pulled by dentist, He said that it was the most difficult extraction he had ever done and I should have all future extractions done by an oral surgeon (Preferably a MD) My dental work is also complicated by TMJ due to a jaw injury. I had scheduled dental work when I was diagnosed. The Dr. said that I could not have dental work done during radiation. After treatment, I could no longer afford an oral surgeon especially one with a MD. Right now my teeth are falling out. As I now have serious bleeding issues, I don't know where to turn. .

      over 3 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I agree w/Freebird. Wood choppers! And if you file your eye teeth right and throw some glitter over yourself, you can be a vampire a la Twilight!! They sparkle, you know.... Good luck w/the remaining dental work. I'm glad you are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. But if you become a vampire, you'll need sunglasses to see it...

      over 3 years ago
    • JEML's Avatar
      JEML

      With over 20 years of experience as a Registered Dental Hygienist as well personal and professional experience with oncology, I find most of these comments heartbreaking. I am SO SORRY to hear that so many are dealing with these issues!! There is such a lack of guidance given to patients regarding the importance of oral health and how it can affect your cancer treatments and vice versa. Please visit www.sideeffectsupport.com and share it with other patients, your physicians and dentists. I am trying very hard to provide information on how to minimize or even prevent some of these issues. Dentures may seem like a solution that will end all oral concerns but unfortunately, that is not always the case. Our Facebook page has additional information. I really hope it can provide information that may help others to avoid the pain, stress and financial burden that so many of you have had to deal with.

      over 3 years ago
    • vet613's Avatar
      vet613

      That is great news! Coincidentally, I had impressions taken so the dental team doing my work can have something to play with.

      The current plan is for the oral surgeon to schedule an OR for the multiple extractions that I will be having done at the same time. I expect to have some more news next week concerning a timetable for the work to be started...my guess is late summer or early fall (maybe I'll get lucky and it will get started sooner). Gregg, good luck to you!

      My best to you & yours,
      vet613

      over 3 years ago
    • whisper70's Avatar
      whisper70

      Why is my gums spotted brown and my lips .is that normal

      almost 3 years ago

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