Osteonecrosis of the Jaw / Overview
This website was created to provide Osteonecrosis of the Jaw patients and their families and friends with up-to-date information about osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). We have the latest information on ONJ, its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment. We have also gathered vital information on coping with the personal, pain and financial effects of ONJ, which may be difficult to deal with without the proper preparation.
Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) is also known by several other names, such as avascular or aseptic necrosis of the mandible/ maxilla, Jaw Death, Dead Jaw disease, or Bisphossy Jaw. ONJ is a disfiguring and disabling condition where the jaw bones suffer literal bone death through infection and rotting. ONJ develops when the jaw fails to heal after minor trauma such as a tooth extraction that results in bone exposure. Causes of ONJ include exposure to bisphosphonates such as used in cancer treatment or osteoperosis medication such as Fosamax, Bonivel, or Actonel.
The onset of ONJ is usually not apparent or asymptomatic for many weeks or months. Also there are a number of ONJ symptoms which often only develop after there is trauma to the mouth.
Because the disease is very difficult to treat, it is very important to seek the most suitable dental and medical treatment as soon as possible. The Treatment Options section describes the different types of treatments. In our Financial Assistance section, we discuss how patients and their families may be helped with medical bills and financial concerns. To navigate our site, use the links to the left.
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