Dr. G. asks:
I have a 62 year old female patient with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease where the flow of tears and saliva are greatly reduced due to inflammation of the lacrimal and salivary glands. Has anyone had the experience placing implants into people with Sjogren’s syndrome ( mostly women are affected)? If so what are the pitfalls to look out for? What kinds of implant restorations would be contraindicated in a patient presenting with this condition?
Sjögren’s syndrome is a chronic disorder that causes insufficient moisture production in certain glands of the body. Sjögren’s syndrome occurs when a person’s normally protective immune system attacks and destroys moisture-producing glands, including salivary (saliva-producing) glands and lacrimal (tear-producing) glands.