Medications & Your Smile

added on: July 6, 2011

Because your overall health and dental health are integrated, it’s important to make us aware of any change in your health history or medications at every visit.

For example, Coumadin, a blood thinner, can cause a greater degree of bleeding during extractions and other procedures. More seriously are some bisphosphonate medications. Some are taken orally (such as Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva) to help prevent or treat osteoporosis. Others, (such as Aredia, Bonefos, Didronel, Zometa) are given intravenously as part of cancer therapy to reduce bone pain and high calcium levels in the blood.

In rare instances, patients receiving the I.V. bisphosphonates have developed severe loss, or destruction, of the jawbone. The damage has occurred when dental procedures involving the jaw bone have been performed, such as dental implant placement.

Although rare, we feel it is in your best interest to make you aware that some medications can have adverse effects when your Dentist is not informed of all current medications. Keep a list of all your medications, as well as herbal supplements, and the dosage of each and bring with you to each appointment. We want your dental visits to ensure you are worry free!