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What Is Osteonecrosis Of The Jaw
A drug side-effect: The drugs for osteoporosis and metastatic bone cancer called bisphosphonates (includes fosamax, actonel, boniva, reclast, zometa, aredia) are associated with a side-effect where part of the bone of the jaw dies, the gum sloughs off, and bone shows where the gum was lost. It is treatable but not always curable. It has also been found with bevicizumab, an anti-cancer drug, and after jaw radiation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Osteonecrosis is also known as Avascular necrosis. Osteonecrosis is a condition in which part of a person's bone dies due to lack of blood flow to the area. The hip and shoulder are more likely to be affected, but osteonecrosis can also involve the knee, elbow, wrist, or ankle. Trauma to the bone can cause osteonecrosis, often there ...Read more
Low risk: There is a definite but low risk of developing osteonecrosis (dead bone) in patients who have taken fosamax. The risk is higher for other bone building medications taken intravenously. Patients taking Fosamax should discuss any dental procedures with the dentist to see if special precautions must be taken. Sometimes, a 3 month holiday from Fosamax is helpful to minimise the risk of osteonecrosis. ...Read more
Rare, but: It is rare with oral bisphosphonates like Fosamax. More common with IV bisphosphonates. However, medicine related osteonecrosis of the jaws (MRONJ) is suck a devastating disease, that precautions are in order for any dental extraction procedure. Oral surgery evaluation recommended for any patient on Fosamaz. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Biphosphonates: From: http://www.merck.com ONJ, which can occur spontaneously, is generally associated with tooth extraction and/or local infection with delayed healing, and has been reported in patients taking bisphosphonates, including FOSAMAX. Clinical judgment of the treating physician and/or oral surgeon should guide the management plan of each patient based on individual benefit/risk assessment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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