Like any healthcare physician, your dentist wants what is best for you and to keep you safe at all times. The medication you are taking to treat your osteoporosis may have big impact on the methods your dentist uses. As such, be sure to always notify your dentist of any medications you may be taking prior to having any type of dental work done.
Osteoporosis, since the 1970s, has been treated with medications typically taken by pill. Such medications include the drug type called bisphosphonates. Since osteoporosis is a type of bone cancer, bisphosphonates work to fight against the problems cancer may impose on your body.
Your body contains what are known as osteoclasts and osteoblasts. The former rids your body of dying bone while the ladder works to rebuild new bone. In patients with osteoporosis, this process is hindered causing bone fractures and other complications. Bisphosphonates then are used to impede the bone degradation process so that some form of harmony can be maintained. Bisphosphonates will work to lower calcium levels in your blood, reduce pain and suffering, and slow the bone decay process, but they will never be able to restore the perfect osteoclast - osteoblast harmony seen in healthy individuals.
When it comes to your dentist and treatments they need to be made aware if you are taking bisphosphonates due to the possible risk factor they may contain. This rare, but all too possible risk, is known as bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis which is found in your jaw, typically after oral surgery. Drug abuse, alcohol, and smoking also play a major part, but all the same, your dentist needs to be made aware.
Your dentist will need to use alternative treatments for your teeth instead of a tooth extraction to reduce the amount of risk that comes with this bisphosphonate-related side effect. Typically Dr. Mills will look for a better treatment method for you such as a root canal therapy. All-in-all, be sure to tell your dentist and any other healthcare physician what medications you are taking so they know just what to do when they have you as their patient.