Hoping someone can please advise, brief summary of what's happened so far:
-Diagnosed with lupus 2011 & started plaquenil.
-This year had upper left gum infection, treated with antibiotics and then had the broken tooth causing the infection extracted. Felt very unwell, bloods confirmed lupus had flared again.
-Had another infection following extraction, treated again with antibiotics, but then could see/feel bone sticking out from side of gum above where the tooth was extracted.
-Back to dentist, took x-ray, confirmed it was small fragment of jaw and she removed it.
-That was last week, I can feel hard lump in gum again which feels like it could be another fragment of jaw bone working its way out of my gum!!! Waiting to see if it becomes exposed and will go back!
My questions are, has anyone been through this or similar? I'm not having jaw/ear pain so dont think its TMJ. The pain is only from infection and the bone exposing. Could it be that the lupus is attacking the jaw bone causing it to crumble and fragment? As a previous flare left damage to the bones in my feet! Rheumy doesn't seem to have much experience of lupus and teeth and likewise dentist doesn't seem to experience about lupus! Thanks guys, hope its a good day for you all today Xx