Celiac is a disorder triggered by the protein gluten, found in wheat, barley, and rye. When a celiac sufferer eats food containing even traces of gluten, the immune system produces antibodies that attack the small intestine. This not only causes intestinal pain, but also prevents the absorption of important nutrients, which affects the entire body. This blog post shows an example of how much Celiac affects teeth. It can really be devastating to the dentition and the lifespan of your smile.
What is Celiac and how does it affect teeth?
When the body cannot absorb and distribute nutrients, such as calcium, teeth do not form properly and can be weak (because of poor enamel), small, widely spaced, or discolored. Dr. James Fondriest, a Chicago cosmetic dentist, understands celiac’s impact on dental health, and he has experience repairing the effects of celiac.
The patient whose picture you see below received a celiac diagnosis at age 13. Her tooth enamel failed to develop correctly and as a result was soft and susceptible to stains and wear. Composite bonding placed by her former dentist to improve the look of her teeth showed signs of staining and failing after 18 months, which was probably a result of her poorly developed enamel and dentin (the soft layer below the enamel).
Dr. Fondriest placed crowns on all of the patient’s teeth to stop the wear and erosion and restore a healthy bite. He chose Empress crowns for her front teeth and porcelain-fused-to-gold crowns for her back teeth, because crowns with metal hold up to more force.
Celiac had affected the enamel of all this patient’s teeth. The upper front teeth had been bonded many times but the bonding would not hold.
To learn more about how Celiac affects teeth, contact us
If your smile was affected by celiac disease, Dr. Fondriest can skillfully and compassionately help you by restoring beauty and dental health. He offers cosmetic, restorative, and general dental services for patients in Lake Forest, IL, the greater Chicago area, and the North Shore. Call Lake Forest Dental Arts today at 847.234.0517 for your appointment or consultation.
May is Celiac Awareness Month. To learn more about celiac, visit the American Celiac Disease Alliance.