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Old 01-11-2012, 12:53 PM   #1
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Angry medication and dental problems

Hi can any one please help.
I have been put on to Actonel, and was not told about a problem this will cause if i have a tooth out, as apparently the hole will never heal.
I have been on this medication for 3 months, and now have dental problems, i will have to have root canal treatment.I just wish my doctor had informed me firstly about all of this, feeling most angry.

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Old 01-15-2012, 12:49 PM   #2
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Re: medication and dental problems

Hi Joy,

It's a rare problem that can arise - it's called Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ). I'm not sure if doctors give a warning about it as a matter of course - mine did because I was having trouble with my wisdom teeth, and I've had to have all four WT removed before I can start on any osteoporosis meds.

There is a blood test your doc can do to assess the rate of bone turnover and give an idea of your individual risk of developing ONJ. I believe the preventative therapy involves the use of specific antibiotics and antibacterial mouthwash, but obviously that is something you need to discuss both with your doc and your dentist.

I hope that helps


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