I had ONJ due to xgeva from July 2016 to nov 2017. I don't know what really caused it. I did not see the medical doctor that knew what ONJ really was until 2 days after the dead bone lifted off. It was about a inch long. The oncology dentist told me what happens is this..He said when the area of the mouth has trauma...this caused broken mucous membrane in skin...this caused the bone in that area to die....this caused infection.....which caused pain....I went to my local dentist. He talked to my oncologist. He said I needed a root canal...He did not really listen or understand my pain was not in that area. I think I got 2 unneeded root canals? IDK. I ended up going to 7 dental professionals. It is very hard to find anyone that knows about ONJ.
Thats why I started the FB group.....Living with osteonecrosis of jaw
You should not join if you don't have it. It can be too scarey. I went back on Xgeva this summer. I tried using exercise to keep my bones okay. But my calcium levels would not come down. I want strong bones.
I wish the drug companies could help out more with information on how not to get ONJ. I know on xgeva patient pamplet it talks about having good dental hygiene. It talks about not smoking. I stresses getting all your dental procedures taken care of before starting these bone meds.
We have talked in the ONJ group...I think my ONJ was precipitated by bitewing xrays. They used to dig into my jaw. I had one 3 months before it started. I have heard others say a chip or hard piece of candy may have caused it. One dentist said brushing your teeth too hard may contribute. Anything that causes a break in the mouth membrane has the potential to cause it.
It is hard to find someone that knows about ONJ. I know now most big University Hospitals have a oral and maxillary surgeon that is knowledgable about it. Dental Schools-the oral surgeon area is also a great place to start.
There is no real treatment for this. I grew a dead bone out of my jaw. It was hard. What made it worse is I had no idea what was really going on. If youll could reach out to the individual drug makers for indeas on how not to get it? It took me a good 9 months for a doctor to tell me abou the prescription mouthwash Chlorhexidine. It will Stain your teeth a icky color. A compounding pharmacy can mix it up without the dye if you have a script that says to make it without dye. I wrote the manufacturer of chlorhexidine...the dye can't be removed. It comes allready made with the dye for surgical uses. The person cleaning off surgical area needs to see where they have cleaned.
in 2018 Dr Tara Aghaloo has a good research paper on ONJ. It discusses treatment. She is at UCLA . This is the research article. I always just go to bottom of a research article and read conclusions. Reading about ONJ may contribute to insomnia.
Dr Robert Marx literally wrote the book on ONJ.He retired in 2020. He was in Miami Florida. He has a good video on youtube that could be shown to anyones dentist to tell them what antibiotics to order. I do have his book. I dont recall it saying much about prevention.
I have not found any good videos that talk about prevention. I use a electric toothbrush now. Flossing is important. My oral surgeon told me to use a prescription toothpaste with flouride. I read the directions. It said not to rinse it out. and to use it at night. He also told me to use a mouthwash with flouride. I am not anyones healthcare provider. Just a girl that grew a dead bone out of my jaw. I thought I was the only one. I made sure my adverse reaction was filed with FDA
Carry on...Ask your dentist or oral hygienist about avoiding ONJ. Hugs everyone
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