What are the signs of osteonecrosis of the jaw?
What are the symptoms of ONJ?
- pain or swelling in the mouth.
- non-healing of a tooth socket after removal of teeth.
- loosening of teeth.
- an area of exposed bone in the mouth.
- poor healing or infection of the gums.
- numbness or the feeling of heaviness in the jaw.
- discharge of pus.
Can osteoporosis affect the bones in your mouth?
People with osteoporosis experience a loss of bone density, and that often includes the jawbone. A reduction in jawbone density can cause serious dental issues.
What is osteonecrosis of jaw?
ONJ looks like an area of exposed bone in your mouth. It can cause tooth or jaw pain and swelling in your jaw. Severe symptoms include infection in your jaw bone. You can get ONJ after some dental surgeries, such as getting teeth extracted (removed) or implanted.
What kind of pain is associated with osteoporosis?
Back or neck pain
Osteoporosis can cause compression fractures of the spine. These fractures can be very painful because the collapsed vertebrae may pinch the nerves that radiate out from the spinal cord. The pain symptoms can range from minor tenderness to debilitating pain.
What happens when your jaw bone is exposed?
In some cases, the exposed bone is infected by oral bacteria, which may result in pain and swelling of the surrounding gums. Sharp fragments of bone may cause painful tongue sores. Large areas of necrotic bone are sometimes associated with loose or painful teeth that may require extraction.
Does osteoporosis affect teeth?
Skeletal bone density and dental concerns
Several studies have found a link between the loss of alveolar bone and an increase in loose teeth (tooth mobility) and tooth loss. Women with osteoporosis are three times more likely to experience tooth loss than those who do not have the disease.
Does osteoporosis treatment affect teeth?
Osteoporosis does not directly affect the health of your teeth, however it is actually some of the medications and treatments for osteoporosis that can have some very important and potentially damaging side effects.
Does osteoporosis make you tired?
Following a fracture, bones tend to heal within six to eight weeks but pain and other physical problems, such as pain and tiredness or fatigue, may continue.
Is osteonecrosis of the jaw fatal?
Even if a negative impact on Quality of Life has been described and demonstrated, ONJ is usually described as an event with mild or moderate sereneness. However, as a form of osteomyelitis with potential severe complications, ONJ can rarely be life-threatening.
What causes jaw bone death?
Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) is classically considered a disruption of vascular supply or avascular necrosis with exposure of the jaw bones. It can be caused by radiation, high-dose steroid therapy, and medications that disrupt vascular supply or bone turnover in the jaws.
Can osteonecrosis of the jaw be cured?
Treatment of osteonecrosis of the jaw typically involves scraping away some of the damaged bone, taking antibiotics by mouth, and using mouth rinses. After treatment, people should follow up with the oral surgeon who will evaluate healing and ensure the area is being kept clean with proper oral hygiene.