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Could Crohn's Disease Affect Your Dental Implants?


Posted on 5/20/2016 by Dr. Michael Drone
A diagram of how a dental implant works.There are a variety of factors that can impact whether your dental implants fail or succeed, and your overall health could play a role. For that reason, it is important that people living with Crohn's disease fully consider their health status before undergoing dental implant surgery.

Understanding Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the digestive tract. While it specifically affects the ileum, it can also affect the GI tract at any location, and symptoms include:

•  Abdominal pain and cramping
•  Severe constipation
•  Rectal bleeding
•  Persistent diarrhea

Crohn's disease results from the body's continuous immune system response against normal bacteria in the intestinal tract, which will ultimately lead to problems with both digestion and elimination.

Crohn's Disease and Dental Implants

Crohn's disease affects about 700,000 Americans, but the research about its effects on dental implants has been limited. For the most part, dentists fear that autoimmune disorders like Crohn's could result in the body's rejection of an implant that may have otherwise gone through osseointergration successfully. In fact, a Swiss study found that there was a high rate of dental implant failure for people who were living with Crohn's disease.

What to Do if You Have Crohn's Disease

So, if you have Crohn's disease and you are interested in dental implants, what should you do? The first thing you need to do is talk to your prosthodontist to see if you are a viable candidate. Your dentist will help you to review your systemic disorder and any potential complications that could affect your implants.

If you smoke, have gum disease, or have poor jaw bone density in addition to Crohn's, your risk of suffering implant failure will be even higher. Ultimately, you and your dentist will need to determine if your mouth is healthy enough for implants and if the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

Please contact us if you have any questions about crohn's disease and dental implants.
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