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Alternative Names Tooth - unemerged; Unemerged tooth; Dental impaction; Unerupted tooth Symptoms Bad breath Difficulty opening the mouth (occasionally) Pain or tenderness of the gums (gingiva) or jaw bone Prolonged headache or jaw ache Redness and swelling of the gums around the impacted tooth Swollen lymph nodes of the neck (occasionally) Unpleasant taste when biting down on or near the area Visible gap where a tooth did not emerge Signs and tests Your dentist will look for swollen tissue over the area where a tooth has not emerged, or has only partially emerged. The impacted tooth may be pressing on nearby teeth. The gums around the area may show signs of infection such as redness, drainage, and tenderness. As gums swell over impacted wisdom teeth and then drain and tighten, it may feel like the tooth came in and then went back down again. Dental x-rays confirm the presence of one or more teeth that have not emerged.
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...
Millions of people take bisphosphonate drugs to prevent bone loss, but do they know the risks. These medications are commonly used to treat osteoporosis, but can also cause pain, and specifically a condition called Bisphosphonate Induced Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (BIONJ). People who take a bisphosphonate need to know what BIONJ is, which drugs are most likely to cause it, who is at risk, and what to do about these risks.
What is Bisphosphonate Induced Osteonecrosis of the Bone (BIONJ)? Osteonecrosis of the bone is defined as the "presence of exposed bone in the maxillofacial (jaw) region that does not heal within 8 weeks after identification by a health care provider" according to the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research. This particular type of osteonecrosis is caused by the bisphosphonate drugs, hence the name "Bisphosphonate Induced". The common symptoms include jaw pain, swelling, infection, loosening of the teeth and drainage. Of course, seeing bone is defi...
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