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Dental Care for Patients with Autoimmune Disorders


Posted on 10/31/2023 by Weo Admin
Smiling womanStansell Dentistry Associates in Raleigh, NCAutoimmune conditions like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjögren's syndrome pose unique oral health challenges. Working closely with your dentist on adapted preventive care minimizes complications and improves your smile.

Heightened Risk of Decay and Infection


Many autoimmune medications cause chronic dry mouth by reducing saliva output from the salivary glands. This allows cavity-causing bacteria to flourish. Immune system impairments also increase vulnerability to fungal infections like oral thrush.

Strict oral hygiene and professional cleanings counteract these risks. Your dentist may prescribe medicated rinses, concentrated fluoride, and saliva substitutes tailored to your needs.

Potential Gum Disease and Bone Loss


Certain medications linked to gum overgrowth, like cyclosporine, can also cause inflammation and bleeding. If unaddressed, immune issues make gingivitis more likely to progress to advanced periodontal disease with irreversible bone loss.

Seeing your dentist frequently for deep cleanings and early intervention prevents complications. Antibiotics or antiseptic chips placed in gum pockets may be needed to control infection.

Medication Effects on Oral Tissues


Autoimmune conditions and medications like Plaquenil can cause mouth sores, ulcers, and lichen planus lesions. Any oral blisters, red spots, or burning signify the need for evaluation. Treatment focuses on soothing tissues and preventing secondary infection.

Delayed Healing After Procedures


Due to compromised immunity and clotting, post-procedure bleeding and healing may take longer after invasive treatments like tooth extractions, implant placement, and periodontal surgery. Your dentist will advise any needed medication adjustments ahead of time.

Importance of Communication with Providers


Always inform dentists of your complete health history, autoimmune diagnosis, and medications. This allows customization of oral hygiene suggestions, preventive therapies, and treatment planning for your condition. Similarly, discuss any emerging oral symptoms with your dentist and physician promptly. With vigilant daily care and close coordination with your healthcare team, your unique dental needs can be met for optimal well-being.

Locations & Hours


Brier Creek




9400 Brier Creek Parkway, Ste 204
Raleigh, NC 27617-4879

Phone: 984-477-0177
Fax: 919-249-1375

Office Hours
Mon: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Tues: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thur: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm

North Raleigh




1911 Falls Valley Drive, Ste 107
Raleigh, NC 27615

Phone: 984-206-4242
Fax: 919-249-2145

Office Hours
Mon: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Tues: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thur: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm

Knightdale




1101 Great Falls Ct, Ste 102
Knightdale, NC 27545

Phone: 984-733-0330
Fax: 919-415-1849

Office Hours
Mon: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Tues: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thur: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm


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