We have treated many Sjögren’s Syndrome patients successfully with dental implants.
Sjögren’s Syndrome is an immune system disorder where white blood cells attack your moisture producing glands of the body in the eyes, nose, vagina and mouth.
In the mouth, Sjögren’s Syndrome causes the salivary glands to reduce or stop producing saliva. Saliva keeps the mouth moist, helps to chew and digest food, and helps in speaking and communicating. Saliva also helps to prevent cavities on natural teeth.
Dental implants are a good alternative to replacing missing teeth, fractured teeth, cracked teeth, broken teeth, failed crowns, failed fixed bridges, and loose fitting dentures.
Dental implants cannot get cavities. Therefore, dental implants are safe for people with Sjögren’s Syndrome. The literature shows the success rate to be in the high 90% range in Sjögren’s patients.
The decreased saliva in Sjögren’s Syndrome does not affect the health of dental implants. Dental implant success is guided by surgical technique, use of sterile water, type of forces from overlying teeth, and follow-up care. Decreased saliva does not cause increased failure with dental implants.
Cavities, crowns, bridges and poor fitting dentures can be replaced in one appointment with advanced planning, esthetic wax-ups in the laboratory, a caring team, and attention to detail. If you have Sjögren’s Syndrome, you have most likely had experiences with sore gums, cavities, failed filling, failed crowns and failed bridges.
Dental implants can restore your oral health and function:
- Better chewing
- Better digestion
- Better speaking
- Better communication
- Better mouth comfort
- No more sore spots
If you or a family member, friend, neighbor or coworker has Sjögren’s Syndrome…we are willing to make ourselves available to offer sound advice to help you make better decisions related to your oral health and general health.
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All the best,
Dr. Joe Kravitz, DDS, MS
Dentist, Prosthodontist, Author, Researcher
Rockville, Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC