... 2 yrs & now needing dental work done.I have RA also,^ are now on many perscription drugs including aggrenox because of 2 strokes.Humira for RA.I was taking forteo for 2 yrs. I've been off of it at least a yr or longer.I had my teeth cleaned recently & my dentist sent me to an oral surgeon because i need 8 teeth removed.He said because of my health problems he won't put me out. Just numb me up good. Hes not sure if he'll take 8 that day or what. It depends on how i'm doing.I have to call my neurologist to see if i should & can be off aggrenox prior to appt.Than call my rheumotologist about humira.But my bigger concern is the forteo i was on.The oral surgeon seemed concerned that it could possibly take a long time for my mouth to heal after because of forteo.Not much i can do about that now. O. surgeon said for me to call him if i have any questions or concerns.My appt is in 2 wks.Are there any concerns i should ask him besides the obvious ones.I've been reading horror stories about having teeth extracted & have been on osteoporosis drugs. Any answers would be very much appreciated. I'm really scared about all of this. Thank You.
Hello kathy1105. Welcome to the site. I understand your worries and concerns. One of the older members of the site, has a condition similiar to yours. Her health has not been the best of it lately. However I know that she will certainly beable to offer you her opinion and put your mind at ease some what upon seeing your thread/question. Regards pledge
i don't remember the details, but i was on osteo drugs and had to have a tooth extracted. i had read all about jaw death and wanted to do the best i could for myself, so i was a researching fool. there is a blood test called CTx that i think you may be interested in. i am so glad i had the test done... wish more people knew about it.
Hello Kathy & welcome to the site. The only problem that would be caused from taking forteo would be necrosis of the jaw bone, & I seriously doubt that you have this. It is always a possibility, but since it's been a year since you stopped the forteo & haven't had a probem with your jaw bone, it shouldn't be a problem. The easiest way to find this out is a simple x-ray of the bones where the teeth are you are going to have pulled. If your oral surgeon has not done so then he should do an x-ray. He should be able to tell from that if you need further testing as in a bone scan to check for necrosis. Forteo can cause osteosarcoma, & I personally had a scare myself when my dentist thought she saw necrosis of the jaw on a routine x-ray, but a bone scan confirmed I was ok, & I have continued with my forteo injections. My husband has osteoporosis also & had all his upper teeth pulled, but they only did 4 at a time. He also was not ever on forteo.
Get the x-ray, & your oral surgeon should be able to evaluate whether you need further testing before continuing with the removal of your teeth. Altho necrosis with forteo usually starts in the jaw bone, the completion of the program should have made the bone stronger & able to to heal better once your teeth are removed. Hope this helps, & wishing you the best.
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