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Topic: Jaw Necrosis-what you need to know

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Posted on: Mar 19, 2017 12:37AM

fredntan wrote:

http://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/side_effects...

Here is a article about jaw necrosis. I have it. It is rare.

My jaw necrosis started July 2016 with slight pain and swelling to area where my wisdom tooth was. I have bone mets and have been on xgeva over 3 years.

What I have learned

Dont see a dentist that you dont know is good. Get referrals from friends or your healthcare team for a honest dentist

Use a electric toothbrush-oral B or soni care. Floss

My troubles started August 2016. I had been having annoying pain for a month in area wisdom tooth was. It had some swelling. I couldnt see, but a tiny bit of bone was exposed.

My new dentist in his flashy office saw I had good dental insurance. He saw the bone exposure. So he does 1 root canal, then a second one the next week. I had no pain in this area. I did after the root canals. My mouth was open 1-2 hrs. The jaw pain was horrible. Milkshake diet for a while.

When the caps where placed end of october. He finished xrays and said I needed 2-3 more root canals. I saw another dentist for second opinion. He said same thing.

By this time I had diagnosed myself as having jaw necrosis. My oncologist gave me his periodontist who confirmed my diagnosis. We stopped Xgeva a while. He thinks I could have hit this area with my toothbrush which may have started this thing. I did many rounds of antibiotics that fall. I started using sonicare. Costco had a discount on it and brushes-plus there return policy is great.

I now have older dentist and my older periodontist. I have had 3 more crowns done. I think the root canals werent needed and have delayed healing. My exposed bone area is about 5mm round-smaller than dime. I am back on Xgeva.

I have heard vitamin K can help healing, but have forgotten to ask my periodontist. I go in about monthly and he tries to pull it off. He also scraps off the boney spurs. Its like having course sandpaper back there. Once the pointy bone spurs are scraped off it isnt so bad. Of course the pain with it can get right annoying. I think when its growing it gives me pain and swelling

Remember this is RARE.

Anyone else gone through this?

MBC bone mets, afinitor,aromasin,xgeva Dx 8/3/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/9/2011 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 3/29/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 10/8/2012 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 4/3/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Dx 10/2013, Stage IV, mets Chemotherapy 11/20/2013 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Hormonal Therapy
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Mar 22, 2017 10:32AM Emily2008 wrote:

How awful for you!

My onc told me about jaw necrosis prior to getting my Prolia shot in January. He and the nurse told me to see my dentist before the shot to verify that no work needed to be done. I called my dentist's office ahead of the appointment to tell them why I was coming in and ask that he read up on the meds and possible rare complications. When I saw him, he said he was glad I gave him the heads up because he wasn't too familiar with the condition. He said all looked great in my mouth, and told me to schedule again for one month prior to my next Prolia shot to check. The way I understood, if at that time it's determined that I need work done, they will schedule it right before my next shot because by that time the Prolia would be pretty much out of my system. The danger is when you undergo dental work while the drug is active in your system. Of course, with Xgeva, I don't know if there is a way to stop taking it before dental work is needed, and maybe wait a couple of weeks until it's mostly out of your system???

So sorry for your pain!

Dx 5/08, IDC, Stage 1, Grade 1, BRCA 2 pos. Mast. w/TRAM and implant, A/C x 4, Tamox. for 6.5 yrs, ooph and hyst in 2010. Dx. 10/16, local recurrence, Grade 2, breast segmentation, 30 rads from Jan-March 2017, then AIs. Dx 5/14/2008, IDC, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 10/31/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 24, 2017 04:00PM peggy_j wrote:

Sorry to hear you are going through this. If you want a second opinion, you might want to see an oral surgeon or even an oral surgeon at a dental school (the dental schools are often the place where they refer the unusual cases). Hope things get better (((hugs)))

Dx 2/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 25, 2017 11:19PM fredntan wrote:

i have a seasoned periodontist now. im so sick of dr visits. these things just take time to heal

MBC bone mets, afinitor,aromasin,xgeva Dx 8/3/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/9/2011 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 3/29/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 10/8/2012 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 4/3/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Dx 10/2013, Stage IV, mets Chemotherapy 11/20/2013 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Hormonal Therapy
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Mar 26, 2017 02:38PM Stefajoy wrote:

I went trough something very similar in 2012. Most dentists, and even oral surgeons, have not seen bisphosphate related jaw necrosis, and wouldn't know it if it hit them in the face. I finally got to a specialist at UCLA, after two unnecessary and damaging oral surgeries, and it took about a year to completely run its cycle and clear up. I lost a dime sized piece of my jaw the back, but I'm totally healed now,and even back on Xgeva. Miserable experience though. I feel for you.

Dx 7/29/2011, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy Chemotherapy TAC Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Surgery Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane), Faslodex (fulvestrant), Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 13, 2017 05:23PM fredntan wrote:

I have finally found the right dentist for my Osteonecrosis of jaw. I called around again and found a oral surgeon who had treated ONJ. He did pano xray and CT 3 D image at same time.

He said that at 3 month mark after break from Xgeva I should start seeing good changes. It will eventually grow out and heal over. The dead bone growth will pop off. I have been off 2 months. Won't go back on.

He said the chlorahexate rinse twice a day for 30 seconds/followed by no food or water 30 min after.

He put me on daily penicillin. prophylaxis-to prevent these outbreaks of pain/infection I keep getting.

He did say that the young dentist that did that root canal on me last july when I presented with this jaw pain...upon seeing that I was on Xgeva he should not have touched me and refered me out. That tooth will eventually be a problem and I will loose it. I will send in complaint to dental boards on him .

MBC bone mets, afinitor,aromasin,xgeva Dx 8/3/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 13/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/9/2011 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 3/29/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 10/8/2012 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 4/3/2013 Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction Dx 10/2013, Stage IV, mets Chemotherapy 11/20/2013 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil) Hormonal Therapy
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Jun 13, 2017 06:21PM MinusTwo wrote:

fredandtan - sorry you're having to struggle with this. Seems like many of the SEs from BC treatment are not well recognized even by the oncologists - let alone dentists. I'm glad you're writing up a report.

I was fortunate & received admonitions much like Emily posted, so before I said yes to Prolia, I did a LOT of research. This was one SE I was determined to avoid. I saw my dentist to clear that no work was needed and then went to discuss the condition with a trusted periodontist & an endodontist. My MO said if something comes up that requires an extraction or surgery or an implant, I need to wait to the very end of the 6 month cycle after the previous shot - and then wait another couple of months for good measure.

I'll get my third injection next month after seeing the MO and the periodontist. Fortunately I have had no side effects at all.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014

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