Alternative Names Periapical abscess; Dental abscess; Tooth infection; Abscess - tooth Symptoms The main symptom is a severe toothache. The pain is continuous and may be described as gnawing, sharp, shooting, or throbbing. Other symptoms may include: Bitter taste in the mouth Breath odor General discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling Fever Pain when chewing Sensitivity of the teeth to hot or cold Swollen glands of the neck Swollen area of the upper or lower jaw -- a very serious symptom Signs and tests The patient will feel pain when the dentist taps the tooth. Biting or closing the mouth tightly also increases the pain. The gums may be swollen and red and may drain thick material.
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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