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Diagnosis Patients should see a doctor if they have sinusitis symptoms that do not clear up within a few days, are severe, or are accompanied by high fever or acute illness. Some doctors believe that too many patients are diagnosed with true sinusitis and given unnecessary antibiotics when their symptoms would actually resolve easily in days with over-the-counter medications or no drugs at all. The first goal in diagnosing sinusitis is to rule out other possible causes of symptoms, and then determine: The site where the infection has occurred Whether the condition is acute or chronic The organism causing the infection (if possible) Diagnostic Approach to Acute Sinusitis Medical History. The patient should describe all symptoms such as nasal discharge and specific pain in the face and head, including eye and tooth pain. After assessing symptoms, the doctor should take a thorough medical history of the patient: Any history of allergies or headaches Recent upper respiratory infection (colds, flu, i...
Definition A broken jaw is a break in the jaw bone. A dislocated jaw means the lower part of the jaw has moved out of its normal position at one or both joints where the jaw bone connects to the skull (temporomandibular joints). Alternative Names Dislocated jaw; Fractured jaw; Broken jaw; TMJ dislocation Considerations A broken or dislocated jaw usually heals completely after treatment. However, the jaw may become dislocated again in the future. Complications may include: Airway blockage Bleeding Breathing blood or food into the lungs Difficulty eating (temporary) Difficulty talking (temporary) Infection of the jaw or face Jaw joint ( TMJ ) pain and other problems Problems aligning the teeth Causes The most common cause of a broken or dislocated jaw is injury to the face. This may be due to: Assault Industrial accident Motor vehicle accident Recreational or sports injury
If you are confused about osteonecrosis of the jaw, the American Dental Association (ADA) and the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) published a brochure to help you determine fact from fiction. You can order this brochure here, to help you to understand what issues you may face with this type of disorder. This new brochure titled: Osteoporosis Medications and Your Dental Health , will help to answer your questions.
To order this brochure, please contact the ADA at 1-800-947-4746 or visit www.adacatalog.org . Ask for item W418
Ten million Americans have osteoporosis, and a majority of those consider taking a class of drugs called bisphosphonates. Bisphosphonates include Fosamax , Actonel , Boniva , and Reclast for the treatment of osteoporosis. If you've considered one of these drugs you've undoubtedly read about bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of the jaw (BON) and probably remain a bit confused about what it is; how i...
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