Dec 14, 2011 - 11:08 pm
Finished 28 (I think it was 28) treatments of radiation in April 2007. The first year was difficult, didn't like not having taste or saliva. Saw my dentist every three months to make sure my teeth would not suffer from lack of saliva. He never gave me fluoride trays and didn't feel the need to take X-rays. At the end of 2009 I started to have pain in my teeth and my face started to swell. I went to see another dentist and he was horrified with what he found. The decay was overwhelming and so was my level of pain. When I started radiation, my teeth were strong and healthy, at 36, I had never had a cavity. I knew that radiation and loss of saliva could cause damage but I had no ideas to this level. I've had somewhere around $14,000 worth of work done, lost 4 teeth, and had 20 dives in the hyperbaric chamber. I'm still in pain and my gums are receding so badly it just hurts to eat. i now have my trays and use the toothpaste prescribed by my dentist. Has anyone else had problems with their teeth or gums since finishing treatment?