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FAQ:  Bisphosphonate Jawbone Osteonecrosis

  • Fosamax related problems? I have had pain in my upper right molar for 4 years. I had an absess in an old root canal and had to have a second root canal in that same tooth. Since then I still have pain on and off and it tastes like a bloody sour discharge but I can not see anything. My endodontist does not see anything and wants to do surgery to see if there is a problem with the channels. I have taken Fosamax and am worried about having surgery. Lately I have pain in my lower left back molor and my dentist does not see any problem with the crown or root and would like to refer me back to the endodontist. I am worried about jaw death. Should I be? Also I have periodontal disease that I'm have difficulty controlling ... Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • Cancer and Osteoporosis Meds: I had thyroid cancer surgery about 9 months ago and RAI therapy treatment in 6 months ago. Starting about 2 months after that, for 3 days I felt like my front teeth upper/lower were in "a vice". Dull pressure, no sensitivity to hot or cold, no loose teeth. I went to my dentist (of 30 yrs), a primary care doctor, an ENT surgeon and a neurologist - no relief with antibiotic so rule out infection, no sinus issue. It has lessened in pressure since then but it is constant. My dentist xrayed my teeth and said I didn't need to see an oral surgeon. I had taken osteoporosis meds for over 6 yrs and stopped about 18 months ago. I would appreciate any advice. ... Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Fosamax and jaw - neck related pain: Can taking Fosamax cause jaw pain? I just began this regimen and I am beginning to have mouth problems. I also have been having stiffness in my neck that seems to radiate from the lower jaw to the neck area. ... Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Tissue Grafting and Boniva: I take Boniva for bone-regeneration. My periodontist recommends suspending monthly Boniva for three months when I have the tissue graft. Is this a common happening? ... Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • Fosamax: Visitors to this website should be aware of the dangers of taking Fosamax and the problems it causes concerning deterioration of the jaw bone. I have meticulously cared for my teeth and have not had recent dental work but the jaw bone is decaying above a biscuspid. Can this decaying bone be restored? ... Visitor from PA     (answer)

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