Tooth implant and antibodies

Two years ago i had a failed tooth implant. I did not know then what i know now, thanks to my endo referring me to this website. Today i read a caption in the science museum that stated that our immune system would eventually accept a foreign body such as a hip replacement. I wonder if this is still the case for us hashis? I suspect that my own antibodies rejected the tooth implant. I am highlighting this so you can avoid an expensive mistake should you need a tooth implant.

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  • I'm sorry to hear your implant failed, that must have been deeply disappointing as it is such a longwinded, uncomfortable and expensive process, not to mention being a bit frightening.

    Just to present a different experience, I had one last year (12-18mos ago, I'm guessing a bit) which is fine, and my antibodies are always high. I suspect there are a number of ways an implant can fail. As always it will be interesting to hear what others here have to say about their own experiences.

    Goodness knows I've had a lot of dental problems of late despite taking excellent care of my teeth, having regular appointments and cleanings etc but I seem to need endless root canals, one of which failed almost immediately and another needed to be redone after 15yrs (they'd left one of the roots in!), then got an infection under the tooth and needed extracting.

    May I ask are you in your 40s/50s? I'm 49 and my teeth began to fall apart about 10-15yrs ago and since then it seems like every year something rears its head. My partner had never had a single filling until about two years ago when he needed a tiny cavity done.

  • Hi punctured bicycle,

    Sorry to hear you are having problems too. I am 66 and had the best consultant for the implant. My dentist thinks i may be rejecting the bone graft i had before the implant as i am still having trouble. My teeth are mostly filled and i am sure that low health due to thyroid troubles led to the three abcesses i have had. We will see what others have to say regarding the implant as you say.

  • Ok, I see, so that is different than mine, I luckily didn't need a bone graft. It can all get so complicated, you have all my sympathy.

  • Tooth implants can fail for many reasons, usually because there isn't enough bone for them to attach. It's important to use a good dentist / specialist who can give good advice on the likelyhood of success. The implants are usually titanium which is quite inert and so shouldn't bother the immune system. Some people have very large titanium implants in limbs without problems.

  • Hi Jimh111,

    Yes, i had a bone graft first and had a top consultant do the work. I would think twice about having another. Thanks for replying.

  • More likely to be gut or gluten related

  • Hi Slow Dragon,

    Thanks for replying, yes, i know to be gluten free since joining this website. It is hard though.


    There could be some information in the above link .... :-)

  • Thanks Marz, very interesting. The tooth involved links to thyroid.

  • I had a dental implant about eight years ago, when I was still in my forties. Although the whole process was very painful and really affected my general health for three or four months, the implant worked well, even with a bone graft. I have Hashi's and other autoimmune conditions, and the antibody 'soup' that goes along with that.

    I could do with at least one more implant, because I have several root canal fillings which haven't worked well, plus cracked teeth which may have to come out. Unfortunately, I can no longer afford it, but I don't think that my current state of health would get me through the process again.

  • Hi Hillwoman,

    Thanks for replying. Sorry to hear you are having more problems. My implant took one side but not the other. Wishing you optimum health for the future.

  • Did you look at the interesting chart I posted for you ? 😆

  • Hillwoman - take a look at the tooth/body chart I posted above -really interesting. Meridians linking teeth with certain body parts and vice versa 😆

  • Never seen that one. Thanks!

  • Hey there

    I have three of these little critters. One of them failed when I first had them implanted but my dentist did it again free of charge and it took, the second time :)

    There is not a better gift to give yourself than good dentition especially where there are other health conditions that you have to learn to accept and live with. The trouble with having work done piecemeal is that you are just shifting the burden from one area of your mouth to another.

    I had the lot sorted out over a challenging year, just prior to being diagnosed hypo, at hefty expense. So glad I did, although the following year I was certain I'd just end up a corpse with beautiful teeth... :D

  • Hi Rapunzel,

    I am glad you had it all sorted. We (doc and i) decided not to try again and i have a bridge. My teeth and gums are good, thankfully.

  • My teeth are in such poor condition and I have developed gum disease. I'm convinced it was the RAI that has started this all off. I am just at the point of considering implants. I have been looking at the all on 4. Bit bothered now. It's a lot of money to spend and I may then end up in same condition but with no teeth. ☹️

  • Hi rubyred,

    Yes, it is an expensive decision. I have good gums but they were red for weeks after each procedure. Good luck if you decide to go ahead.

  • rubyred - I have read that VitD levels need to be good for teeth - as well as other things. It is anti-inflammatory :-) Do you know your level ?

  • I am reading your post and replies with much interest. Unfortunately i have periodontal disease and have lost much bone so would probably need a bone graft if i were to go down the implant route. I had a bone graft literally at the start of my thyroid journey (not sure if there is a connection there or not?) which fortunately did work and the tooth was also saved but my teeth are now so bad that my dentist has mentioned the dentures word which i'm not too happy about. I'm 44 years old and have been having tooth problems for some time. I dont know why but i feel ashamed that my teeth are so bad, i do clean them and do all the right things i dont eat loads of sugary things, i guess i am just predisposed to this problem.

  • Hi Ic1973,

    Sorry you are having problems. I too am ashamed of my teeth. I was given many sweets as a child but have looked after them ever since. After all the discussion here i still think it was my level of antibodies that caused the implant to fail. I am now trying gluten free. Good luck with whatever you decide and optimum health for the future.

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