- CASE FILE
I am a 35 year old male with unexplained bone loss in my mouth. Dental specialists said I will soon be a "dental cripple" without a cure.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I have a congenital dental anomaly, dentinogenisis imperfecta which manifests with especially short roots and areas of dental resorption. I have had a lifetime of dental challenges and restoration efforts. They have all eventually failed. Most recent, due to mobility of my upper teeth, all were extracted and 6 implants placed to support an implant supported denture. This has been plagued with chronic inflammation and bone loss and eventually all 6 implants have failed. Implants and restorations on my lower teeth have also failed miserably. My periodontist has tried many interventions to improve this situation but resulted in no improvement. My periodontist encouraged investigating anything systemic that might be causative to bone loss in the mouth. I pursued this and was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in October 2018. Bone loss is a symptom of Celiac Disease as so I was hopeful that this might be the answer. After a year of eating gluten free, my bloodwork was near normal, however, endoscopy showed only minimal improvement of tissue. My periodontist said that if bone grafting and future implants are not successful, I will soon be a dental cripple, not having enough bone to support even a traditional denture. I am submitting this application to Chase the Cure because this seems to be a mystery to my dental experts and they have reach out to their colleagues with no solutions or suggestions. It is also noteworthy that my mother also has this dental anomaly but all of her restorations have been successful and not plagued with any of these challenges. Detailed summary from my periodontist can be provided.