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slow to heal with RA?
#1
Hey all,

When I was younger, I never got my wisdom teeth removed. Two of them are partially exposed and I have had some infections because of it. Now, the dentist says that I should really get them pulled. He knows I have RA and thinks that it is safer than the risks of further infections. I am not completely convinced that he isn't also suggesting it for the money, but I have had quite a number of infections.

Anyway, being on several drugs that inhibit the immune system, I am a bit concerned about this. My dentist says he will monitor the situation, but I am still quite worried. Is this an overreaction on my part?

#2
If you have already had numerous infections and fought them off with the help of antibiotics, you should be fine for the removal of your wisdom teeth. I think the biggest thing will be to have a long enough course of antibiotics. If you are like me, it is going to take longer to heal than normal so you will need to have the immune support.

#3
Your not over reacting in my view. You are just seeking knowledge. That is never a bad idea.

Besides the antibiotics your dentist should give you some sort of oral rinse to help the healing. I would just suggest to be careful so that no food stays for very long in the empty sockets. I think that this will be the biggest chance for infection. This means that if you don't normally brush and rinse right after you meals, you should be doing it.

#4
Thanks for the suggestions. I often get worried because the medications list 101 problems that can occur because of weakened immunity. I didn't know that healing is slowed either. I have had a few big bruises but I never noticed that I was healing slowly. I am going to try to not worry about this too. :( I am feeling too much like a hypochondriac.

#5
In my experience, the best approach is to be vigilant. If you cut yourself and it looks reddish like it is infected, go for a doctor's visit. If you have a cough that lasts for more than 3 to 5 days do the same. You have to be aware, just not sitting there petrified worrying.

#6
That is so true about paying attention. Thanks for the answers everyone.

#7
Because the immune system takes a big hit when you develop RA, you are going to heal more slowly. When I was a child, if I grazed my knee, it would heal in a few days. I snagged by shin on the corner of a wall several weeks ago and it still hasn't healed properly. The doctor says there's nothing bad going on, it's just down to the RA. If a slow healing wound shows signs of inffection, go to the doctor's, as you may need an antibiotic.




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