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Bisphosphonate and dental work


Re: Bisphosphonate and dental work

Hi TypicalMe

Thanks for posting

Bisphosphonates, such as zoledronic acid (Zometa), have been used for many years to treat osteoporosis and in recent years as a breast cancer treatment for some people. 

As with any drug, bisphosphonates can cause side effects and one uncommon but serious side effect is osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ).  That is why it is recommended that people have a dental check and any necessary dental work, particularly extractions or dental implants, completed prior to starting on a bisphosphonate. Good dental hygiene, and regular dental check-ups are recommended while on treatment.  

Like everybody else, people having bisphosphonate treatment, or who have had this treatment, may require dental treatment but may need to see a specialist dentist, depending on the treatment. 

As you want to get some dental work done when you finish your treatment, it would be a good idea to talk to your dentist about this.  The dentist will be able to advise about the best way to straighten your tooth or if necessary can refer you to a specialist dental practice or dental hospital for this to be done.

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Bisphosphonate and dental work

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