Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bad News Bisphosphonates

Bad News Bisphosphonates

Many breast cancer, osteoporosis, multiple myeloma and bone cancer patients take medication that can actually place them at risk for rotting of the jaw bones (known as osteonecrosis)

The drug family of bisphosphonates these patients are prescribed interfere with the healing dynamic of the jaw bone which needs more time than other bones.
This is a concern when a bisphosphonate patient has some type of dental surgery such as removal of a tooth or teeth. The jaw bone may have difficulty sloughing off infected or diseased tissue and creating new healthy bone in its place.

If you are using bisphosophonates, tell your dentist, get regular cleanings and opt for root canal therapy over extractions when possible. If you wear dentures, maintain them well to keep a good fit.

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