Osteonecrosis

 

More than 3 million Americans are diagnosed with osteoporosis each year. While very uncommon, sometimes medications used to treat osteoporosis, called anti-resorptive agents, have been known to cause osteonecrosis. This causes severe damage to the jaw. It is important to let your dentist know if you are taking these medications because modifications to your dental treatment plan may be needed. Cases of osteonecrosis most commonly occur after a procedure that affects the jaw and surrounding tissues, like pulling a tooth. But don’t worry. Even if you need dental treatments while taking these medications, your dentist will know how to tailor you treatment plan to keep your mouth healthy. It is important to keep regular visits with your dentist, and let your dentist know of any unusual symptoms you may experience.