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    Anyone here of this with the use of opiates?... friend of mine says his teeth rotted from the years of opiates... and it wasnt Heroin either... it was pain meds.
    I havent really heard this yet, but I guess it is possible?... I know that smoking drugs def. does it, but taking pills?... hmmmm.

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    The only drug I know of that will rot teeth is crystal meth. EVERYONE I knew who did this drug for any length of time, began loosing their teeth. It disolves the enamel. You do not need to do this drug many times before it does this. May have something to do with the drain cleaner that it is made with. BAD STUFF!!!!!
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    hmmmm, I dont know. I know a lot of addicts. Good hygeine, dental or otherwise, wasnt always high on thier list of priorities.

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    It may have been the result of the opiates making you not care about brushing your teeth?
    But not the drug itself...
    I don't think so.

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    I normally grind my teeth at night. While abusing drugs, I went to the dentist because my front teeth were so "ground down" that they were transparent. So the good dentist made me a mouth guard.

    I took one look at my NASA mouth guard and said within a month I will grind right through it. The dentist told me no way...3 weeks later I ground through my million dollar, one of a kind, high tech mouth guard.

    I still grind my teeth at night but not to the extent that I did while on drugs. I certainly abused my teeth and the end result was because of the pills.

    Hope this helps!
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    My teeth rotted out a lot. I have since gotten them fixed (many fillings & extractions), but at one point I had to have 7 teeth removed at once. I was on heroin for 2 years (snorted-never smoked it & only shot it a few times) & on methadone for 7 years. Those 9 years really took their toll on my teeth!

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    I have heard that. Actually Dick york From Betwitched of the 60's was addicted to pain med's for a back injury and I heard his teeth fell out. My teeth seem fine after using for so long. I think just good dental care and Don't ever us again and your teeth will be fine...on not a lot of sugar either. [8D]

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    Rotting of teeth while using opioids...particularly Methadone...is based on a couple of things.

    First, opioids in general...and certainly Methadone...dry saliva. No saliva produces a breeding ground for bacteria.

    Second, many of us in active addiction are a wee bit distracted from the normal practice of going to the dentist for profalactic visits. If we have dental pain...we may either not feel it at all because we're numbed to begin with....or....if we do feel it....we just take more opioids.

    Third, our diet isn't great. Sweets/chocolate, etc. are frequently the name of the game.

    Either way...going to the dentist (unless to cop) is not something that is routine for addicts in active addiction.

    We've got "places to go" to do and "people to see."

    I personally entered recovery...after 22 years of active opioid addiction...the last being 15 years on Methadone...with only 3 remaining teeth in my mouth.

    Fortunately, as someone aptly named it on the Methadone forum, I now have "Methadentures" Warmly, Ar

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    Ditto with what Arlene just said about opiates causing dry mouth. Saliva contains substances which retard the growth of certain bacteria. This is a big problem for opiate addicts and any dentist will tell you the same. It probably won't matter how good your oral hygeine is...if you use opiates long enough your teeth will suffer.

    Personally, I know my mouth stayed real dry when I was on Suboxone. I didn't notice as much from hydros etc but the Sub was awful.

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    i have a bad tooth - dentist told me it was dying and needed to get it extracted - well that was about two years ago, 1 yr into my active addiction of pain pills(vikes). i have not been to see any dentist since then but now that i am clean i realize that tooth is rotting badly it has the funkiest of tastes and is my 2nd priority for healthcare, 1st being recovery.

    so why have i still not dealt with it? now im scared the of the pain from removal! plus lack of insurance. im scared they may offer me something and i would take it - or if i told them i was an addict they wouldnt give me anything but i might really need it. i also have fear of dentists! anyway once i am stronger and a bit farther down the sobriety road the dentist is gonna have to yank that tooth.

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    About 10 days into my recovery, I ended up having to go to the dentist for tooth pain. I had to have a root canal, they offered me drugs, but I turned them down. Advil was able to cover the pain.

    As far as tooth rot, the dentist indicated that I had several cavities, and that I needed a deep cleaning. I am getting it all done sans drugs. I do believe that opiates have caused some tooth damage, but for some it can be repaired, if treated in time.


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    quote:Originally posted by 3yrabuser

    About 10 days into my recovery, I ended up having to go to the dentist for tooth pain. I had to have a root canal, they offered me drugs, but I turned them down. Advil was able to cover the pain.

    As far as tooth rot, the dentist indicated that I had several cavities, and that I needed a deep cleaning. I am getting it all done sans drugs. I do believe that opiates have caused some tooth damage, but for some it can be repaired, if treated in time.
    Bravo, Joyce...this is great stuff![8D]

    I too, in very early recovery, perhaps a month, started a very long process of having my entire mouth rebuilt.

    Root canals, extractions, etc. I went to either the dentist, endodontist and oral surgeon every week for about 4 months.

    Hate frigging dentists (of all kinds)...total fear. Dental phobic (unless it was to get what I "needed".)

    What I did...and still do...with each treating medical professional...is declare from the outset that I am a recovering addict...with an "allergy" to all opiods and other mood altering substances.

    In the case of the dentists, this gave them important information. Information that allowed them to understand that the work they did on me had to be done in smaller increments than the usual patient they could send out of their office with Vicodin.

    And yes, 800mg of Motrin covered my discomfort/pain. Did it work as well as what I was accustomed to? Nope...not from a physical or mental standpoint. But work it did!

    I've had 2 epidurals recently and declined the normal sedation given before the procedure. The administering physician...one the first epidural...understanding where I was coming from, said, "we'll work with you...we'll give you more Lidocaine to get you through this process without using a sedating medications." Unfortunately, the doctor who administered the second was not as compassionate. But I made it nonetheless. Love, Ar


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