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Hyperthyroidism Decaying Teeth
I have hyperthyroid and I have got cavities in all teeth can I have capping done without root canal?
Hypothyroidism is a medical condition that lowers the level of thyroid hormone to a point where the patient has a marked decrease in overall health. Often the patient does not notice the loss of thyroid hormone for several weeks or more. Once diagnosed with low thyroid hormone levels, the patient will be prescribed with thyroid hormone to a point where the thyroid levels are normal and ...Read more
Hyperthyroidism: If it is an emergency, you need to have it done. Tell the oral surgeon, see your doctor. If not an emergency, get the thyroid controlled first. With b-blockers and methimazole, it is usually possible to get the ft4 near normal in 1 week or so. The main issue has to do with the interaction of the hyperthyroidism with anesthesia and stress. ...Read more
It's possible but : I don't know of any direct correlation between hyperthyroidism and dental caries. I have read that children with hyperthyroidism are dentally precocious (teeth erupting at an earlier age) and if their oral hygiene is not good, then certainly that can contribute to dental caries. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can dental problems be the cause of thyroid gland disorders - either hypo or hyperthyroidism? Is a symptom a click in the throat when you swallow?
No: Usually dental problems don't cause thyroid issues. In some cases, the thyroid gland can get large enough to have some mass effect on the esophagus but not a click per se. See a doctor soon for further evaluation. ...Read more
Combo: Cavities are caused by a combination of factors: bacteria that is always present in your mouth, poor oral hygiene, consumption of sugary drinks or food. Rec.: see your general dentist for a professional cleaning and prophylaxis. Ask your dentist how you can keep your teeth for the rest of your life? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diet & Oral Hygiene: Two different things. Brushing/flossing help to manage gum disease mechanically. Tooth decay is primarily a chemical process. No amount of brushing will prevent tooth decay if your diet is high in sugar/sweets or acid (soft drinks/lemonade)--especially if you take meds that dry your mouth--or if you suffer from gerd, or heartburn. Fluoride rinses help to increase acid resistance of the teeth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Well...: The the decay will not fix itself on its own, so you need a dentist to restore the teeth if they are even restorable. If you are referring to extractions, then again, a dentist is trained and educated to properly extract teeth. I know of no other healthcare professional trained to do these procedures, therefore you will need the services of a dentist in your area. ...Read more
Depends: If the teeth can be repaired, it's best to do so. However, if the teeth a severely decayed, it may be necessary to extract them. Depending on the area of the mouth teeth are extracted, the space may need to be held by using a space maintainer so that the space will remain open and available for the permanent teeth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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