X-rays Help Predict Permanent Bone Damage From Bisphosphonates, Study in General Dentistry Says

Published: May 12, 2009

ScienceDaily (May 12, 2009) — Breast cancer patients, individuals at risk for osteoporosis and those undergoing certain types of bone cancer therapies often take drugs containing bisphosphonates. These drugs have been found to place people at risk for developing osteonecrosis of the jaws (a rotting of the jaw bones). Dentists, as well as oncologists, are now using X-rays to detect "ghost sockets" in patients that take these drugs and when these sockets are found, it signals that the jawbone is not healing the right way.

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