Osteonecrosis (osteo means "bone" and necrosis means "death of") of the jaw can happen in certain “at risk”people who have dental procedures such as extractions or implants. You are more at risk if you are taking a class of drugs called the bisphosphonates, especially the intravenous formulation. There are some things you can do to prevent this from happening:
*Consult your dentist about how to maintain good oral hygiene. This can reduce your risk of infection and osteonecrosis.
*Make sure your dentist properly adjusts your removable dentures. This can help reduce the risk of harm to the soft tissues in your mouth.
*Have your teeth cleaned professionally at regular intervals.
*Make sure your dentist knows about any pain or signs of infection you may have.
*Discuss with your dentist any alternatives to implants or extractions,