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Wisdom Teeth Infection/Removal

New here (to posting, I’ve been reading this forum for years) and basically not sure where to post this. I’ll get around to sharing my story one day, maybe. But long story made semi-short is diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2012 after years of unknowns, ups and downs and a whole mess of junk all throughout high school and college, but finally reached clinical remission last year! I was taken off all of my crohn’s medications last June, so almost a year drug free. I honestly cannot believe it and really never thought this day would come. So now, here comes my fears. Which I am full of. If there’s one thing Crohn’s has done to me is make me the most anxious person on the planet.

So I went to the dentist yesterday after avoiding it for some time (#anxiety) and was told my bottom wisdom teeth are not only impacted, but infected and I need them out ASAP. I’ve waited and put this off for years and years. My consultation with the oral surgeon is in a couple weeks and I am TERRIFIED because I know they’re going to give me antibiotics and I am so scared it’s just going to wreak my gut and all I’ve worked so hard to try to maintain. I am horrified of a flare up and honestly am not sure what to do. I’m waiting to hear back from my GI about what he thinks, but he’s out of town. I know firsthand how much stress affects my gut, so I’m trying to keep distracted because I’ll dwell on it. But I really don’t know what to do. I don’t want to take the antibiotics because of the potential harm, but I would also really like to not abscess and die. Any advices or words of wisdom? And anyone had their wisdom teeth out before and what to do/expect? I’m horrified of everything and surgery is one of my biggest fears. And I know things could be so much worse and I am thankful for the time I have had in remission. I’m just scared. And would appreciate any advice!

I had mine taken out and it was fine. Antibiotics are commonly used to treat Crohn's so I wouldn't worry too much about them causing a flare. They may even give you Flagyl, which many people take for perianal Crohn's.

Hang in there, it will be okay!
I agree with you and I think you are being very rational and logical to worry about the antibiotics potentially upsetting your gut microbiome and potentially precipitating a Crohns flare.

My first Crohns flare (7 years ago) occurred several months after I took antibiotics (for the first time in my life) when my upper wisdom teeth were removed. So I've always wondered if the antibiotics were a major factor in causing my Crohns.

A couple weeks ago, my dentist recommended that I have an oral surgeon remove my bottom wisdom teeth, as opposed to filling the cavities in each of them. But my wisdom teeth are not impacted and are not infected, so I chose to keep them, for the reason that I (like you) am worried that a course of antibiotics could disturb my remission. I am also worried about infection complications from the surgery, because I'm on the immuno-suppressant azathioprine. (I quit aza 2 years ago and stayed in remission until I had a flare 5 months ago, so I had a course of prednisone and I'm back on aza and back in remission.)

But in your case, you don't have the option of keeping your wisdom teeth because they are impacted and infected. So your decision is straightforward. You only have one reasonable option. And since you are not currently on any Crohns meds, now is a good time to have the surgery while your immune system is working normally.

If your remission does come to an end sometime after your surgery (having taken the antibiotics), it might have been caused by the antibiotics, or it might have been caused by not being on any maintenance meds. I think that not being on any maintenance meds is possibly a greater threat to a future Crohns flare than the antibiotics. Like lgpcarter pointed out above, antibiotics are often prescribed to treat Crohns flares.

So the bottom line is you don't have the option of keeping your wisdom teeth. Antibiotics are a requirement for removing them (I'm assuming, but ask the surgeon), so avoiding antibiotics is also likely not an option.

So if you flare soon after your surgery, you should not have any remorse for your decision to have surgery, because you had no other reasonable option.
I remember when I had my wisdom teeth removed, some of my symptoms disapeared after i took the antibiotics.

In fact antibiotics are sometimes used to treat crohns.

I think only long an repeated courses of antibiotics can really mess your entire microbiome. You should be fine taking probiotics with it. You can’t live with the anxiety of not taking antibiotics anymore because you have crohns, antibiotics can save lifes when used responsibly.


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I had mine out when I was on Imuran. No issues, had to go on a course of antibiotics as the incision got infected but no issues with the antibiotics.


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First off, congrats on your first remission!!! :) :) :)

Considering how long it's taken you to get there it's understandable that the nuances of a procedure like this would make you a bit nervous.

I had my all of wisdom teeth taken out in one procedure, and all but one were impacted. I had a very good dental surgeon so the recovery was pretty fast and not as scary as I thought (he even made me a cup of tea during my initial consultation with him and made funny jokes before putting me under for surgery to help calm my nerves lol). I had anesthesia so I don't actually recall anything about the procedure itself. Rest, antibiotics, pain medications were what helped as did ice creams, mashed potatoes and teas. Dentists know that many people are afraid of them so if you speak up about your fears and concerns a lot of them try to take the time to give you proper information and ease your mind.

My gut also becomes irritated by stress. I've found peppermint tea, chamomile tea, lavender tea and even lavender essential oils help to ease mental and physical tension in my body. Breathing exercises, physical exercise, finding support from people who have been through it and asking yourself "how realistic is it that the worst case scenario will actually happen?" (in this case since wisdom teeth removal is such a common procedure, the answer is very little to no likelihood) helps put me in a less anxious state of being.

Do you have a history of gut irritation from antibiotics? Calling your GI was a good step idea to help assist your oral surgeon with a proper treatment plan. You may want to also discuss pain medication with your GI and oral surgeon if you are a person that prefers not to take NSAIDs. Ultimately, it may just be that you wind up briefly taking these things to get your teeth back in good health and have your GI to monitor you a bit more closely while you recover.

Wishing you all the best and hoping you get some relief without added crohn's issues! :heart:
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The same story with me. I have been doing quite well with my Crohn’s. I visited the dentist a few weeks ago, and he had said to me that my wisdom teeth, although not impacted, were starting to decay. My dentist was concerned that if I didn’t get these wisdom teeth out soon, they would cause a nasty infection. Before I could even schedule a consultation with an oral surgeon, I had to ask my gastroenterologist if it was a feasible procedure for me to get done. My GI was happy that I asked him because he contacted the oral surgeon personally to review my profile. They both decided that a dose of oral antibiotics a few days before surgery would help prevent any infection. I’m not too fond of antibiotics because of what it does to my stomach, but I had no choice. If you want to find out more about this problem, you can find it here https://www.dental-detective.com/homemade-temporary-tooth-filling-a-how-to-guide/.
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