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What should I do if I'm taking a bisphosphonate?

The class of osteoporosis drugs called the bisphosphonates might lead to deterioration and death of the jawbone (a condition called osteonecrosis) after dental procedures. Your dentist, periodontist, or oral surgeon will discuss this with you. Any dental procedure should be completed before bisphosphonate therapy is begun. If dental procedures are absolutely needed, you should consult with your doctor about alternatives to the bisphosphonates and if changing or discontinuing treatment is appropriate for you.

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