You Need to Make Sure to Get Treatment If You Show These Signs of Osteonecrosis
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
Osteonecrosis, also referred to as avascular necrosis or aseptic necrosis, is not a condition you want to mess around with. It occurs when a condition causes the flow of blood to a bone to be interrupted.
Without blood, your bone cannot get the nutrients it needs, and it starts to deteriorate and collapse. While many people battle osteonecrosis in their hip, knees, or shoulders, it can also affect your jaw. When that happens, it doesn't take long for your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out.
Symptoms to Watch For There are a number of different symptoms that can indicate osteonecrosis. Because many of these symptoms could also be a sign of another issue, you need to call us as soon as you notice these issues. We can determine what the problem is and put together a plan to treat it. Here are some of the most common signs that can indicate you're dealing with osteonecrosis:
Your gums are often infected or hurt.
Your mouth doesn't heal very quickly following dental work.
Your teeth feel loose.
Your jaw feels heavy or numb.
You can see bone in your mouth
. While this is a fairly rare condition, it is serious. If you don't have it treated, you may lose more and more of your jaw bone until there's not enough there to support your teeth. Are You at Risk? The main cause of osteonecrosis is medication used for cancer and osteoporosis. These medications, classified as bisphosphonates, are actually used to help strengthen bones. Unfortunately, they can also prevent your body from healing damage done to the jawbone. This doesn't happen to everyone who takes these medications. Experts aren't certain why some people develop osteonecrosis and others don't.
If you experience any of the signs listed above, call us as soon as you can so we can see what's going on.