Oral Health Recovery and Heroin Addiction | Dr. Jamie Alexander, Recovery Dentistry in Boynton Beach
December 9, 2016

About Oral Health Recovery from Heroin Addiction

Heroin addicts often experience tooth decay and gum disease with resultant tooth loss. This is because heroin causes them to crave sugary foods and drinks that promote tooth decay and gum inflammation. A side effect of heroin addiction is teeth grinding, which can wear away and fracture dental enamel. Add to this long lapses in oral hygiene and a lack of dental care, and the results can be quite severe.

If you are in a recovery program near Boynton Beach, you are fortunate to have a local dentist who is an expert in the care of individuals in recovery.

Dental decay is a progressive disease that will not stop until it is treated. A cavity will grow unless damaged tooth enamel is removed, oral bacteria is eliminated from the site of the cavity, and the cavity is packed with a protective filling or the “clean” tooth is covered with a protective crown.  Dr. Jamie Alexander — Boynton Beach, Florida’s “recovery dentist,” compassionately restores teeth with tooth-colored fillings and crowns. If decay or other damage is too extensive for these treatments, dental implant treatment may be the optimal way to replace the unhealthy tooth. Traditional treatments for a lost tooth—a fixed bridge supported on crowned adjacent teeth or a removable denture, also may be discussed as appropriate alternative treatments.

Gum Disease and Teeth Grinding Treatment for Those in Recovery from Heroin Addiction | (561) 732-8877

Treatment of gum disease can also be successfully achieved in the comfort of Dr. Alexander’s office under most circumstances. Because infectious oral bacterial travel through your blood stream fostering inflammation throughout your body, treatment of gum disease will lower the risks of developing systemic health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and immunological disorders. Many studies have shown that when gum health is restored, other disease conditions improve significantly.

Tooth grinding may have had an impact on your jaw joints and muscles, creating tenderness. The stress of being in recovery commonly causes those in recovery to grind and clench their teeth. This is not unique to those recovering from heroin but all individuals in recovery. Dr. Alexander has expertise in the treatment of tooth grinding (bruxism) and clenching, and other temporomandibular joint disorders.
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You are a brave person who has already achieved much by surrendering to addiction withdrawal and recovery. You can now have oral health and a nice smile that will allow you to confidently pursue employment and social relationships. Your new life deserves a new confident smile!

Give our compassionate receptionist a call and schedule an initial complimentary consultation with Dr. Jamie Alexander to discuss your concerns, oral health objectives, medical status, and what Dr. Alexander recommends for beginning your journey to restored oral health. Call 561-732-8877.

Dr. Jamie Alexander

Dr. Alexander is committed to providing the best health and dental care available within a warm, welcoming, and safe environment. Our goal at Recovery Dentistry is to build long-term relationships with our patients and provide services that are customized and appropriate for each individual. No matter your current state of dental health or feelings about your teeth, we are experts at helping move patients down the path to complete comfort and optimal dental health, function and esthetics.

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