If you currently take bisphosphonates of the intravenous or pill form, pamidronate or zoledronate, these drugs have been reported by the National Osteoporosis Foundation to cause a potential condition in dental patients. The condition is called Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) and involves the lower jaw bone becoming exposed after a regular dental treatment such as a tooth extraction or trauma to the face. Wounds of this nature have been known to heal slowly sometimes becoming infected and causing the patient much pain.
Bisphosphonates are commonly taken to prevent and treat osteoporosis. They are proven medications that are known to reduce bone loss and decrease the odds of breaks or fractures occurring in the bones of patients with the disease.
If you are taking a bisphosphonate drug of any form, the specialists at Arena Family Dental urge you to speak to a dentist regarding your situation. Proactive treatments that have been effective involve antibiotics, special moth rinses and regular dental visits. Do not stop taking your regular medications. Consistent dental visits will ensure that cases of ONJ are identified and treated rapidly.
At Arena Family Dental we specialize in kids dentistry and family dentistry and have a complete menu of full-service procedures to offer.
We are conveniently located at 1049 Main Street, Worcester. If you have questions regarding ONJ or would like to set up an appointment, call us at 888-574-7363.