How Does Chron’s Disease Affect Dental Implants?

Dental implant's patient enjoys his new smile with his daughter.Dental Implants Newport News VA dentist Dr. Griffin wants to share why patients with Chron’s disease may not be able to receive dental implants.

What is Chron’s Disease?

Chron’s Disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract. Unfortunately, this disease can create a serious hydration issue due to the excessive amounts of excrement leaving the body, which actually can have a negative effect of the oral cavity. When the body becomes depleted of its water sources, the salivary gland in the mouth can experience dry “climate” that can increase bacterial infestations and risks of developing oral issues such as gum disease.

The gums are not the only victims of this dry land though, even the teeth and bones in the jaw become unhealthy due to the lack of saliva and hydration in the mouth. As you can imagine, this can easily affect patients’ abilities to qualify for dental implants when the patient no longer possess enough strength and physical structure of tissue in the jawbone and gum region.

For patients that are not being properly treated with medication, dental implants or even good oral health may not be in their future. It is almost like a vicious domino effect of poor hydration in the mouth leading to cavities and decay, which leads to infected and unhealthy rows of teeth increasing the risks of losing the teeth. Teeth can also experience anxiety and pain and when chewing or biting food which creates a brittleness and susceptibility to tooth loss as well. On top of suffering from painful bowel movements and/or indigestion issues, patients’ oral cavities really tend to suffer while affected by Chron’s disease.

Supplemental Procedures

Patients that seek medical treatment for this disease do have a chance of treating their oral issues before they become too severe, however. A patient that has their disease under control has the option of receiving supplemental dental procedures like bone graft and soft tissue augmentations to rebuild their oral structures.

A bone graft will be necessary when the patient has suffered from physical erosion of the jawbone, in which the dentist performs a bone tissue transplant. During this procedure, the dentist will remove the damaged and fractured and bone and replace it with the new and healthy osseous tissue. This procedure requires a 3-4 month recovery period, depending on how much bone was utilized during the surgery.

Soft tissue augmentation procedures are needed when patients have lost too much tissue in the gum region to place the dental implants into. For victims of Chron’s disease, the chances they will need this are relatively high. During this procedure, the dentist places new and healthy gum tissue in the region from either a donor or after extracting excess tissue from the roof of the patient’s mouth. This surgery only requires a few days to a week recovery where the patient should eat soft foods only and avoid drinking with a straw.

Why Dental Implants?

Unlike all other tooth replacement solutions, dental implants are able to restore the oral and dental health of the patient over time. By protecting the remaining teeth and gum tissue from harmful bacteria, they can prevent gum disease and increase the density of the teeth and jaw with every bite. Dental implants allow patients to achieve a healthy bite and mastication potential that allows the oral regions to heal themselves and can last a lifetime with proper dental care.

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If you are a victim of Chron’s disease, please seek professional treatment with your doctor before considering dental implants. It is important that patients have their disease and side- effects under control before they are able to receive the proper supplemental surgeries to increase their chances for dental implantation. If you are interested in receiving dental implants, contact Dr. Griffin at (757) 745-1003.