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Necrosis of the Jaw

Jaw Necrosis


  • The clinical presentation described in this case series should alert the physician to the possibility of BON.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • This article presents a female patient with mandibular ON related to the use of denosumab. The 55-year-old presented with bone exposure with 8 months of evolution after a dental extraction.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • H ere we present five cases of osteonecrosis of the jaw associated with bisphosphonate use.[mja.com.au]
  • Osteonecrosis of the jaw, is also known as Dead Jaw, Phossy Jaw, Jaw Necrosis and ONJ, can present very mild to extremely severe dental symptoms.[lawsuitlegal.com]
  • DIAGNOSIS OF JAW NECROSIS Osteonecrosis may be present without any noticable jaw symptoms for many months. The presence of exposed jaw bone inside the mouth may be the only sign or symptom of jaw necrosis which leads to a diagnosis.[youhavealawyer.com]
Localized Pain
  • pain in the jaw loose tooth or teeth falling out infection in the soft tissue of the mouth and gums In many cases, problems and symptoms associated with osteonecrosis of the jaw occur after a dental procedure, such as having teeth removed.[youhavealawyer.com]
  • 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[lawsuitlegal.com]
  • The patient’s symptoms included localized pain, with no increase in volume or edema, with the functional impotence associated to pain for mandibular manipulation and eating.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • If surgery is not urgent, then bisphosphonate treatment can be discontinued for several months before the planned procedure and restarted when healing is complete. 29 , 30 Treatment of osteonecrosis of the jaw currently focuses on addressing local pain[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Luckily, with treatment as well as the rigorous oral hygiene regimen USC dentists developed especially for patients with a history of bisphosphonate usage, the remaining sites slowly but fully healed.[sciencedaily.com]
  • Osteonecrosis (ONJ) is a rigorous disease of the bone that affects the upper and lower jaws.[osteoporosistreatment.co.uk]
Loose Tooth
  • tooth or teeth falling out infection in the soft tissue of the mouth and gums In many cases, problems and symptoms associated with osteonecrosis of the jaw occur after a dental procedure, such as having teeth removed.[youhavealawyer.com]
  • 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 How To Spot The[lawsuitlegal.com]
Jaw Disease
  • A troubling jaw disease that may be related to the use of some of the most commonly used osteoporosis medications has been the subject of many news stories and law firm commercials lately.[uab.edu]
  • Osteonecrosis of the Jaw is also known as avascular or aseptic necrosis of the mandible or maxilla, Jaw Death, Dead Jaw Disease or Bisphossy Jaw.[topdentists.com]
Recent Dental Work
  • Although the condition is uncommon, bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of the jaw is a known concern in people being treated for osteoporosis; especially those who have had recent dental work. Exposed bone in the jaw due to osteonecrosis.[osteoporosistreatment.co.uk]
  • The researchers found that the risk for bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw was significantly higher for patients with rheumatism and recent dental work.[myelomabeacon.org]
Peripheral Neuropathy


  • Treatment outcome was poor (33% and 25% responded to treatment in MM group and non-MM group, respectively). Treatment modality did not affect the treatment outcome.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • […] any invasive dental treatment while you are taking these treatments.[cancerresearchuk.org]
  • […] that has no active treatment).[cochrane.org]
  • JAW NECROSIS TREATMENT Treatment for osteonecrosis of the jaw only has a minimal effect on the symptoms and problems caused by the dead jaw condition.[youhavealawyer.com]


  • This decision can be influenced by the general health and cancer prognosis of the patient, a patient quality-of-life evaluation, and the patient’s initial response to cancer therapy. “The earlier the diagnosis, the easier the management,” said Dr.[ascopost.com]
  • Even though the risk cannot be eliminated, prognosis usually is good for patients with osteonecrosis of the jaw from oral bisphosphonates.[aafp.org]
  • What Is the Prognosis for Avascular Necrosis? The underlying cause as well as the amount and location of bone affected by avascular necrosis to some degree determine the outcome.[emedicinehealth.com]
  • What is the prognosis of aseptic necrosis? Aseptic necrosis causes a serious injury to affected bone. Frequently, this leads to permanent destruction of the adjacent joint.[medicinenet.com]


  • , prior trauma, corticosteroid therapy, immune-compromised state predisposing to increased risk of infection, possible vascular insufficiency and an underlying hypercoagulable state secondary to underlying malignancy have been implicated as possible etiologic[druginjurylaw.com]
  • […] avascular necrosis; it is the leading hypothesis in ONJ pathophysiology Soft Tissue Toxicity: Multiple cell types have exhibited increased apoptosis or decreased proliferation after exposure to bisphosphonate medications in vitro Immune Dysfunction Etiology[pathologyoutlines.com]
  • History, etiology, prevention, and treatment. Quintessence Publishing Co Inc; 2007. p. 9-96. Lam DK, Sándor GK, Holmes HI, Evans AW, Clokie CM. A review of bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of the jaws and its management.[pancreas.imedpub.com]
  • The etiology is unclear.[aafp.org]


  • This significant difference in dose in the two types of patient accounts for a good part of the epidemiological differences between osteonecrosis of the jaw in osteoporosis and in oncology, and this must be taken into account in patient information, in[pharmaco-vigilance.eu]
  • Epidemiology For oral bisphosphonates used to treat osteoporosis, the number of spontaneous reports of ONJ submitted to their manufacturers indicates a reporting rate of less than 1 per 100,000 patient treatment years.[iofbonehealth.org]
  • “Clearly, there is a need for reliable epidemiologic studies in both cancer patients and in osteoporosis patients to determine what the exact incidence is.” She noted that some such studies are ongoing.[healio.com]
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  • Pathogenesis The underlying pathophysiological mechanisms behind ONJ have yet to be elucidated.[iofbonehealth.org]
  • Pathophysiology of the disease has not been fully elucidated but theories include: Inhibition of osteoclastic bone resorption and remodeling: Antiresorptive drugs inhibit osteoclast differentiation and function and increase apoptosis, all leading to[pathologyoutlines.com]
  • The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) reached conclusions on the currently available evidence on four main areas: definition and diagnosis of ONJ related to bisphosphonates; possible underlying pathophysiological[gov.uk]
  • Metastatic bone disease: clinical features, pathophysiology and treatment strategies. Cancer Treat Rev, 27: 165–76, 2001 PubMed CrossRef Google Scholar Abrahm JL, Banffy MB, Harris MB.[link.springer.com]


  • However, there is no evidence that this helps prevent ONJ in oncology patients.[oncolink.org]
  • The painful exposed jaw bone can persist for years in many cases, and most experts recommend treatment with antibiotic and preventative actions to avoid jaw infection.[youhavealawyer.com]
  • Preventing or delaying skeletal-related events can preserve quality of life and reduce healthcare costs.[news.cancerconnect.com]
  • They are used in low oral doses to treat osteoporosis and to prevent fractures . They are used in high IV ( intravenous ) doses in cancer to prevent complications when it spreads to bone. They have been used for over 10 years.[exodontia.info]
  • The main goals of preventive dental measures are to remove any oral infection, pathology, or risk factors in order to obtain a stable oral health situation, preventing the necessity for invasive dental procedures in the near or intermediate future.[ 37[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

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