Osteoporosis Dental Concerns

Osteoporosis dental complications are pretty obvious. Your teeth are supported by your jab bones. If you happen to have osteoporosis your jaw bones become less able to support your teeth. This leads to loose teeth and probably some teeth loss.

Dental implants in an osteoporosis patient’s mouth are also prone to be unstable, hence you need to watch out for what you are chewing.

Osteoporosis dental frequent check ups are highly recommended. But this is not the whole story.

Some osteoporosis patients are being treated with Bisphosphonates (BPs) which helps in the absorption process of calcium by the osteoclasts (the cells that build the bone mineral skeleton). It was reported that 1 out of 100,000 osteoporosis patients might have some gum complications due to this treatment with bisphosphonate, like Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) (O’Neil et al., 2008).

Osteoporosis dental care has to be unique and, in my opinion, like there is a physiotherapist specialized in treating osteoporosis patients, a dentist might be specialized in osteoporosis as well. For example if an osteoporosis patient is having a dental implants, the normal procedure followed in normal patients will not result in the same quality of the outcome when operated on a normal patient. Our jaws as osteoporosis patients are weaker and there should be a special treatment for us.

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