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Osteonecrosis of the Jaw Lawyer & Lawsuit

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw Lawyer & Lawsuit

What is Osteonecrosis of the Jaw? Osteonecrosis of the Jaw, or “dead jaw”, is a severe bone disease that involves the loss, or breakdown, of the jaw bone. It occurs as a result of reduced local blood supply to the jaw. Since 2001, there have been over 2,400 reported cases of jaw bone decay and death or ONJ after the use of Fosamax, Boniva, Aredia, Actonel, and Zometa. The pain from this bone disease is so debilitating that there have been over 120 patients who have become bedridden or who now rely on wheelchairs, walkers or crutches.

Signs & Symptoms of Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

Signs and Symptoms of Osteonecrosis of the Jaw include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling or infection of the gums
  • Loosening of the teeth
  • Poor healing of the gums
  • Numbness or a feeling of heaviness in the jaw
  • Drainage
  • Exposed bone

Diagnosis and Treatment Options

Diagnosis of Osteonecrosis of the Jaw is usually performed through an x-ray. Doctors may also test for infection (microbial cultures). There is no simple and effective treatment for Osteonecrosis of the Jaw. Common suggestions for treatment include antibiotics, oral rinses, and removable mouth appliances. Experts warn against dental surgery, tooth extraction or other procedures because they could irritate or cause the condition to become symptomatic and infected

 

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