Dental complications can arise associated with some autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. So new research is always welcome in this important area.
A team recently looked at dental implants in people with autoimmune diseases including
Sjögren’s syndrome, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, Crohn’s disease and lupus.
They found that the implants were successful in rates “comparable to those reported in the general population”. However, patients with secondary scleroderma or erosive oral lichen planus (an inflammatory condition that affects mucous membranes inside your mouth) were more likely to encounter problems.
Oral hygiene is key, the team advises.
“Scrupulous maintenance of oral hygiene and long-term follow-up emerge as being the common determinants for uneventful dental implant treatment.”
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