Osteonecrosis of the jaw (onj) can cause severe infections, swelling and loosening of the teeth
Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) occurs when the jaw does not heal after minor surgery that causes the bone to be exposed. ONJ can cause severe infections, swelling and loosening of the teeth. Often, the dying bone tissue must be treated with long-term antibiotic therapy or be surgically removed. Patients taking Fosamax or other bisphosphonates should avoid having major dental work while they are on the medication due to increased risk of ONJ.
Common symptoms of Osteonecrosis of the jaw include:
- Loose teeth
- Exposed bone
- Jaw / gum pain
- Jaw / gum swelling
- Jaw / gum infection
- Jaw numbness; loss of sensation
- Dramatic gum loss
Bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of the jaw
The typical presentation of bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of the jaw (BON) includes pain, soft-tissue swelling and infection, loosening of teeth, drainage, and exposed bone. These symptoms may occur spontaneously, or more commonly, at the site of previous tooth extraction. Patients may also present with feelings of numbness, heaviness and dysesthesias of the jaw. However, BON may remain asymptomatic for weeks or months, and may only become evident after finding exposed bone in the jaw.
Reports of bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of the jaw (BON) associated with the use bisphosphonates began to surface in 2003.
Orally administered bisphosphonates include Fosamax, Fosamax Plus D, Boniva, Actonel, Skelid and Didronel.
Do you need a fosamax lawyer?
If you or a loved one have suffered serious side effects while taking Fosamax, if you have been diagnosed with osteonecrosis, or if you are experiencing the symptoms associated with osteonecrosis of the jaw or the more specific bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of the jaw, you may have a claim against the manufacturer of Fosamax.
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