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When Prescriptions and Dentistry Don’t Mix

Dental Implant Side ViewSome prescribed drugs and dental surgery may not be a good mix.

You might not think that what your MD prescribes—and what your dentist does for your mouth’s well-being—are closely related. But both are significant.

If you are contemplating upcoming dentistry like a tooth extraction or an implant, it may be helpful to review which prescribed drugs you are taking for other problems.

Two red flags, here: prescription drugs for osteoporosis and certain drugs used in association with chemotherapy against cancers.

The big word is bisphosphonates. That means a drug used in treating bone disease. They limit activity in bone cells which remove old or injured bone. Good, if the problem is bone thinning or cancer. But they might also limit the re-growth of bone tissue after tooth extraction or dental implant surgery.

In a study of patient charts from Long Island Jewish Medical Center and the University of Maryland, a striking parallel was noted. Patients who were admitted with some sort of oral surgery, and patients who exhibited some sort of non-healing lesion in the jaw, all seemed to have one thing in common: a history of bisphosphonate therapy. In English, that means they were receiving either a drug to counter bone loss or were undergoing chemotherapy.

The good news is that the potential for osteonecrosis (bone death) following some sort of oral surgery is rare. What’s important is to make sure your MD’s prescriptions and your dentist’s plans are compared and on-track!

Common Bisphosphonates

For osteoporosis:

  • Fosamax
  • Actonel
  • Boniva

In IV chemotherapy:

  • Aredia
  • Bondranot
  • Benefox
  • Loron
  • Zometa

About Frank P. Scavuzzo, DDS

Home » Meet Us Meet Us Header - Meet Us Meet your local Highlands Ranch dentist. Frank P. Scavuzzo, DDS Dr. Scavuzzo has worked and trained extensively to build a practice that exceeds your expectations of trusted, personalized dental care. He consistently brings his patients only the best that modern dentistry has to offer, by keeping himself and his team informed on the latest advances and available techniques. After attending the University of Denver, Dr. Scavuzzo earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated in 1987. Since then, he has kept up-to-date on the newest developments in his field through numerous continuing education courses in improving smiles, creating youthful smiles, and treating jaw, facial and joint pain. He also remains active in the dental community as a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association and the Metro Denver Dental Society. Dr. Scavuzzo’s top priorities are patient comfort and satisfaction. Dr. Scavuzzo and his team look forward to your visit and to showing you the many ways in which personalized dental care can improve your life.


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