ONJ Treatment Options
Coping with Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
The diagnosis of osteonecrosis of the jaw, understanding of the severity of the disease and living with the treatment and pain can often provokes a profound emotional response in the ONJ patient, family members, and friends. Denial, depression, a feeling of hopelessness, and fear are normal and usual reactions. No single response is either expected or unexpected.
A lack of understanding of what's in store and what's next should be met by thoughtful, straightforward, and frequent discussions between physician, dentist, patient, and family. In addition, for those who have cancer, coordination between the cancer treatment and osteonecrosis of the jaw must be taken.
An inability to work, tend to business affairs, care for one's family and interact with friends in the usual manner, embarrassment and a desire to stay at home all contribute to emotional distress.
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