Okay, I’m going to be honest, when I was first diagnosed with RA, I saw lots of post about issues that people were having with their teeth and I thought, well mine are fine, so I guess I’m one of the lucky ones so I don’t have to worry about that. Fast forward 2.5 years and here I am with the same issues. I began posting on other sites asking some of the same questions that I saw others post.
It all started with a little pain that never got to be anything more than that really but finally I did have to go to my dentist who sent me to a specialist that tried so hard to save the tooth but couldn’t. Then 8 months later I lose 2 more teeth within 2 weeks of each other. So now I’m really upset, sad and worried. All of these are teeth had root canals. I had to wonder why, but I knew. RA with a vengeance.
Had I lost my smile, yes a lot. I cried a lot at first, couldn’t believe it happened to me because my teeth were fine for so long. Then I would look in the mirror and smile to myself and saw that I had so many teeth missing and my smile looked so empty. I’m embarrassed at times to smile because of this but my family always tell me that I look great and I’m so thankful for that. It’s actually sad posting about this but I’m working on getting things straightened out for myself so I can get my smile back. I have to remember that I do have so much to smile for and I’m thankful for that, so I guess I really haven’t Lost My Smile after all.