Jaw Necrosis, also known as Osteonecrosis of the jaw, is a condition in which the jawbone decays and dies. It is extremely painful and disfiguring. Nnew studies indicate the condition may be associated with the use of bisphosphonate medications, such as Fosamax. If you or a loved one has taken Fosamax and are now experiencing jaw problems, contact one of our attorneys immediately to::
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Osteonecrosis of the jaw, which is also known as Dead Jaw, Phossy Jaw, Jaw Necrosis and ONJ, can present very mild to extremely severe dental symptoms.
It is a painful and potentially disfiguring condition that requires surgery in the most extreme cases to remove the decayed portions of the jaw bone. The resulting images of the condition are so disturbing that we felt they could not be displayed on the internet.
Signs you may be experiencing jaw necrosis include:
- Pain in the jaw
- Infection of the jaw or gums
- Swelling of the jaw
- Teeth becoming loose
- Tooth ache
- Poorly healing gums
- Heaviness or numbness of the jaw
- Exposed jawbone, drainage, leakage
It is possible for osteonecrosis of the jaw to be present for many months without any noticeable symptoms.
In fact, the only sign that might lead to the diagnosis of jaw necrosis is the presence of exposed jaw bone within the mouth. If these exposed portions of jaw bone become infected, or if trauma to other parts of the mouth result in exposed jaw bone, this is when the symptoms of jaw necrosis typically become noticeable.
The following symptoms can be present before the occurrence of exposed jaw bone:
- A sudden change in the health of mouth or gum tissue
- Gums that do not heal from minor scrapes or wounds
- Tooth, jaw or mouth pain
- Localized pain, tingling, burning or numbness in the jaw
- Loose or falling out teeth
- Infections of the soft tissue of the gums or mouth
Once symptoms have appeared, there is no treatment to reverse the occurrence of jaw necrosis. Instead, treatment centers on avoiding the aggravation of the condition and treatment of the symptoms.
It should be noted that often the symptom of osteonecrosis of the jaw occur after dental procedures or oral surgery.
Even so, studies have shown that most of these patients have had localized signs of infection prior to the dental procedure or oral surgery being performed.
Because oral surgery is often associated with the onset of symptoms, it should be avoided whenever possible if you have any cause to suspect you suffer from early onset of the condition.
Tooth extractions can often lead to the jaw tissue not healing properly and exposure of the bones of the jaw.Review My Case Now
Recent studies show there may be a link between the use of Merck manufactured osteoperosis medication Fosamax as well as other bisphosphonate medications and the occurrence jaw osteonecrosis.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned after taking Fosamax, an oral surgeon should be consulted prior to any dental work being performed.
Historically, this bone disease of the jaw has been a relatively rare. Dentists and oral surgeons have been seeing an increase in the number of jaw necrosis cases over the past 5 years though.
Concurrently, studies have shown there may be a link between the use of bisphosphonate medications used to treat osteoporosis, leading the to an FDA safety alert being issued for Bisphosphonate family of medications.
These osteoporosis drugs have been shown to possibly decrease blood flow to the jawbone, thus resulting in its decay and death.
Recent studies have also shown possible links between Fosamax usage and other forms of bone decay including recent reports of femur fractures.Review My Case Now
If you or someone you know has taken Fosamax or another bisphosphonate medication in the treatment of osteoporosis, and have subsequently had any of the signs or symptoms of jaw necrosis, contact our attorneys immediately to get your free legal case review and discuss your legal rights.
You understandably have a number of questions, our experienced legal team has answers, even if you are uncertain, share the details of your situation to get a free, no obligation legal review.
The drug manufacturer Merck, maker of Fosamax may have failed to adequately inform dentists, oral surgeons and patients about the serious health risks associated with the use of Fosamax. You may be entitled to significant compensation that can help with the costs of recovery and compensate for your suffering.
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