Nov 18, 2008 - 12:57 pm
I, a 12 year cancer survivor, was taking Actonel or Fosamax for osteopenia when a crown broke off a tooth. My dentist was able to clean the tooth stub and glue the crown back on. Then 4 years later it broke off again. (I stopped Fosamax last year when I heard about the risk of jawbone necrosis.) My dentist was able to glue the crown on again but this time with barely enough tooth left. He says next time I'll need an implant or extraction and bridgework. Bisphosphonates, even after stopping, can still cause jaw necrosis, so what can I do? Is there a way to eliminate the Fosamax like they do for lead poisoning? Perhaps I'm doomed to lose my jawbones!