We attended a lecture last Tuesday night on dental risks associated with Osteoporosis medications.
Some Physicians are not advising their patients to see their Dentist before taking Osteoporosis medications. One possible side effect of these medications is Osteonecrosis (or death of the jaw bone) following a tooth extraction. It is very important to get a dental exam before taking these medications to evaluate any questionable teeth that may require extraction.
Also called Bisphosphonates- some are taken by mouth like Boniva, Fosamax, Actonel, Skielid and Didronel but others are given by IV (intravenously) like Zometa and Aredia. These medications are used to treat Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, and Bone Metastases