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Let your family dentist know you are taking bone strengthening medicine or you could suffer from this painful condition


As people age, one of their biggest health concerns is ensuring that they avoid potentially debilitating conditions such as osteoporosis. However, did you know that certain medicine you take to make your bones stronger can also affect your oral treatment options when you visit your family dentist?

In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), certain prescription drugs like Atelvia, Didronel, Boniva and Fosamax, used to fight osteoporosis can result in osteonecrosis, a disease that causes serious damage to your jaw by obstructing certain enzymatic activity needed for bone cells release of fortifying minerals. 

Although the ADA reports that osteonecrosis can develop at any time, it's most likely to occur after a dental procedure. If you notice the following symptoms, then schedule a consultation with an affordable dental care firm right away:

     ♦ exposed bone.
     ♦ loose pearly whites.
     ♦ numbness in your jaw.
     ♦ recently treated gums that hurt and aren't getting better.
     ♦ sensitivity, swelling or infection of the gums or jaw.

Although the chances of developing this painful jaw condition is very low, it's important that you don't forget to tell your North Raleigh dentist if you're taking bone strengthening medication. Furthermore, if you notice any evidence of an oral issue that stems from the conditions above, don't delay. You may think that these symptoms will go away on their own, but the longer you wait, the higher chance that you'll need a more invasive treatment.

Going to the dentist for any treatment doesn't have to be a scary experience when you see Dr. Thomas Cooke. His experienced staff will make you feel comfortable from the moment you go in and answer any questions that you have.