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#1 May 14, 2009 15:49:27

drhine1
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Graves Disease and Dental issues

Does anyone have information about how Graves Disease affects teeth,
specifically bone loss and reabsorption. And if it may also affect bone density in general, i.e. osteoporsis
thank you,
Deb

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#2 May 14, 2009 16:12:36

Buttamama28
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Graves Disease and Dental issues

Hi there,
I hope someone comes up with some kind of information. I have been having a lot of trouble with my teeth lately. I brush, and all that; but I wake up with pains and lots of sensitivity. I open my eyes each morning hoping I haven't lost any.... :(

I also don't know about any of the other -itis, but I had osteoarthritis before my diagnosis and I have noticed an increase in pain; also bone spurs...

Sorry not very helpful.

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#3 May 14, 2009 17:22:57

Ski
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Graves Disease and Dental issues

During the time we are hyperthyroid, we lose bone mass. If we lose enough bone mass, it can lead to osteoporosis. Once we have been treated, we regain bone mass, and we have hope of getting back to normal. A bone scan is important if you've been hyperthyroid for a long period of time before diagnosis and treatment. Since teeth are made of bone tissue (aren't they?), they can also suffer when we lose bone mass, but those issues should resolve once we've had successful treatment. Other than that, I don't believe there are specific issues with teeth that are related to Graves' Disease.

Please note that when you see the dentist for any procedure requiring anesthetic, you want to ask for the anesthetic WITHOUT epinephrine. It's equivalent to adrenaline, and it can make us feel super-hyper. NO fun. The epinephrine makes the anesthetic act quicker and last longer, so if you are having a complicated procedure done, they may have to "boost" the anesthetic at some point during the procedure, but it's worth it for your own comfort.


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#4 May 14, 2009 21:45:44

Kaeljia
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Graves Disease and Dental issues

RE: dentist
I had an oral operation nothing major, atleast thats what I thought at the time. I had hurt my gum and damaged the bone under the tooth. So had to have a root canal. My dentist new I had Graves Disease. When they administered the first needle for freezing I started to feeling this weird falling feeling. I had the impression that if I wasn't careful I'd not wake up. Seemed silly at the time, and I fought to keep conscious. Now I"m wondering if the freezing had anything to do with it? I was asked once by my Motherinlaw if I'd had a bonescan done, I figured since I seen an Encologist he's refer me if I needed it. Would this explain why my spine cracks when I twist in bed at night... the entire spine cracks not one but like those little wooden snakes that kids like to play with.
Sheesh all the things you don't think about.

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#5 May 15, 2009 00:34:00

Kimberly
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Graves Disease and Dental issues

I have read that periodontal disease can set in rapidly with patients who are hyperthyroid, so I have been really careful for the last couple of years to get my checkups/cleanings done at 6-month intervals.


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#6 May 15, 2009 10:39:18

ely2009
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Graves Disease and Dental issues

Interesting....I just began having trouble with receding gums.

Emily

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#7 May 15, 2009 18:02:43

drhine1
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Re: Graves Disease and Dental issues : Thank you everyone for the replies; if you have read an article or know of specific info online concerning this, let me know where i can find it.
drhine

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#8 May 15, 2009 21:23:30

Kimberly
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Graves Disease and Dental issues

I don’t believe we are allowed to post links here, but if you google a combination of graves, hyperthyroid, dental, dentist, etc., you should come up with some good info.


Kimberly
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