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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...
TMD; Temporomandibular joint disorders; Temporomandibular muscle disorders
Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may be:
Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
Dull, aching pain in the face
Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
Signs and tests
You may need to see more than one medical specialist for your TMJ pain and symptoms, such as your primary care provider, a dentist, or an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor, depending on your symptoms.
A thorough examination may involve:
A dental examination to show if you have poor bite alignment
Feeling the joint and connecting muscles for tenderness
Pressing around the head for areas that are sensitive or painful
Sliding the teeth from side to side
Watching, feeling, and...
Alternative Names Swollen gums; Gingival swelling Home Care Improve your nutrition if it is poor. Avoid gum irritants such as commercial mouthwashes, alcohol, and tobacco. Change your toothpaste brand and avoid using mouthwashes if your swollen gums are caused by sensitivity to toothpaste or mouthwash. Use good oral hygiene . See a periodontist or dentist at least every 6 months. If your swollen gums are caused by a reaction to a drug, talk to your doctor about using a different type of medication. Never change medications without first talking to your doctor. Call your health care provider if Swelling is severe, persistent, or is accompanied by other unexplained symptoms Discomfort is associated with swelling What to expect at your health care provider's office The dentist will examine your mouth, teeth, and gums. You will be asked questions about your medical history and symptoms, such as: Quality
Do your gums bleed ? Time pattern
Did the swelling begin recently? Are they always swollen? Does th...
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