When Prescriptions and Dentistry Don’t Mix
Some prescribed drugs and dental surgery may not be a good mix.
You might not think that what your MD prescribes—and what your dentist does for your mouth’s well-being—are closely related. But both are significant.
If you are contemplating upcoming dentistry like a tooth extraction or an implant, it may be helpful to review which prescribed drugs you are taking for other problems.
Two red flags, here: prescription drugs for osteoporosis and certain drugs used in association with chemotherapy against cancers.
The big word is bisphosphonates. That means a drug used in treating bone disease. They limit activity in bone cells which remove old or injured bone. Good, if the problem is bone thinning or cancer. But they might also limit the re-growth of bone tissue after tooth extraction or dental implant surgery.
In a study of patient charts from Long Island Jewish Medical Center and the University of Maryland, a striking parallel was noted. Patients who were admitted with some sort of oral surgery, and patients who exhibited some sort of non-healing lesion in the jaw, all seemed to have one thing in common: a history of bisphosphonate therapy. In English, that means they were receiving either a drug to counter bone loss or were undergoing chemotherapy.
The good news is that the potential for osteonecrosis (bone death) following some sort of oral surgery is rare. What’s important is to make sure your MD’s prescriptions and your dentist’s plans are compared and on-track!
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Dr. Angela Burns moved to Austin 10 years ago and instantly fell in love with our beautiful city. Dr. Burns is originally from the Texarkana area. She attended Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center for her degree in dental surgery (DDS). Dr. Burns is committed to providing her patients with gentle, technologically advanced dental treatment. She attends an average of 60 hours of continuing education every year. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, and the Capital Area Dental Society. Dr. Burns and her husband, Gary, have an 11-year-old daughter, Sydney, who is a proud 6th grader at Hill Country Middle School. She is also very involved in the Eanes PTO, her church, and loves raising her family in the Westlake community. “Growing up, I was drawn to mediating and helping others feel more included and less anxious. I was a camp counselor, student government officer and being the oldest of five, I was the family mediator. I found that I had a calling to help alleviate stressful situations for others and realized that being a good listener was something that was key to this. These skills really helped guide me into becoming a dentist that has based my practice on relationships, empathy and a sense of comfort. I knew that I wanted to provide an atmosphere that felt like home when others walked in. Our practice is small, personal and state of the art and we hope you feel like you’re hanging out with friends when you are here!” When she is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Burns enjoys traveling, hiking the greenbelt, enjoying Austin’s music scene, and eating Amy’s Ice Cream.