Medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) is an uncommon but serious condition associated with poor healing of the jaw bone related to the use of certain medications. These medications, such as Fosamax®, Boniva®, Prolia®, Reclast®, and zometa, are used to treat patients with osteoporosis or bone cancers. Our doctors at Inland Empire Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons provide treatments for the complications that result from these medications.
Symptoms of MRONJ
MRONJ typically occurs after removal of a tooth. The surrounding bone does not heal, causing it to become necrotic, or dead. The dead bone then becomes exposed in the mouth. Left untreated, infection can occur, causing drainage, swelling and pain. If large areas of bone are involved, then neighboring teeth can become loose and the jaw can fracture.
If you are on one of these medications and need oral surgery, we would be able to assess your risk and recommend preventative measures.
If you have already developed MRONJ, then treatment depends on the extent of disease. Minor cases may only require antibiotics and surveillance or local debridement of the area to remove the dead bone. If affected areas are extensive, then a more major procedure with reconstruction may be required in the hospital.
You’re in Good Hands
If you are experiencing symptoms, our team will assess your condition and determine whether MRONJ is a concern. Our surgeons provide a wide range of procedures and can create an effective treatment plan to meet your needs. Discover more about our oral and maxillofacial surgery services, and schedule your consultation today.