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Mar
28

Osteoporosis and Dental Care

Posted in Oral Surgery

If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, your physician may have prescribed a bone building medication for you to take on a regular basis.  Some of these medications are taken by mouth, and others are taken by injection.  In either case, the medications are designed to increase your bone density and help reduce the risk of fractures in large bones.

If you are taking a bone building agent for osteoporosis, make sure to let your dentist know.  In some very rare cases, individuals who are taking these medications and then undergo a dental procedure have developed osteonecrosis of the jaw.  Osteonecrosis is a disease that can cause severe bone damage in the jaw.  Symptoms of osteonecrosis include pain or swelling in the jaw and gum line, loose teeth, and numbness or a feeling of heaviness in the jaw.

Letting your dentist know that you are taking these medications will help him decide upon a treatment that is best for you.  He may consult with your other physicians to develop a plan that will maximize your safety.  Most experts agree that you should continue to take your osteoporosis medications even if you have to have oral surgery.  The risks of developing osteonecrosis of the jaw are much, much lower than the sudden risk of a serious fracture if you stop taking your medications.

While you are taking your bone building medications, you should continue to see your dentist on a regular basis.  Working with the other members of your health care team, you and your dentist can help develop a plan of care so you will remain healthy and happy for many years.

Posted on behalf of Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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