Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) is a serious condition in which the blood supply to the jawbone is interrupted, resulting in the deterioration and loss of bone tissue. Researchers poorly understand what, exactly, causes ONJ, but certain risk factors, including the use of bone-building bisphosphonate drugs such as Fosamax (Merck & Co.), have been strongly associated with the disease.
There is no known cure for bisphosphonate-related ONJ, leaving doctors to focus on osteonecrosis of the jaw treatment and prevention. On this page you’ll learn more about the most common and promising new ONJ treatments in addition to how a lawyer can help you recover compensation for jawbone injuries through a Fosamax ONJ lawsuit.
How is Osteonecrosis of the Jaw Treated?
Bisphosphonate-related ONJ can be treated in a number of ways depending on how advanced the bone necrosis is.
Most Common Osteonecrosis Treatment
Treating osteonecrosis of the jaw with surgery is avoided whenever possible because it can exacerbate the necrotic process by further exposing jawbone that is unable to heal properly. While patients in the later stages of ONJ development may benefit from surgery, for patients with less advanced forms of the disease, controlling pain and preventing secondary infection and the spread of necrosis through the following treatments is preferred:
- Antibacterial mouth rinse
- Removable mouth appliance (retainer)
Osteonecrosis and Natural Treatment
In order to maximize the effectiveness of the ONJ treatments named above, patients should eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that includes supplementation of vitamins D and E as well as calcium and magnesium. Good oral hygiene is also important for managing the disease, as is quitting smoking and drinking alcohol. Healing from Fosamax osteonercrosis of the jaw has been reported in some patients after they stopped taking the medication. Your doctor may therefore instruct you to temporarily cease bisphosphonate therapy, especially if you are undergoing oral surgery.
New Research Treatments for Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
The lack of a cure for ONJ has led many physicians to opt for conservative, non-surgical treatments and surgical management when necessary. There are, however, more radical ways of treating ONJ. Some of the latest treatments on osteonecrosis, while their effectiveness needs to be further elucidated by trials, have shown promise in limited applications. Such adjunctive ONJ treatments include the following:
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
- Parathyroid hormone treatment
- Platelet-rich plasma treatment
- Laser biostimulation
- Tissue transfer
In addition to these alternative Fosamax treatments, researchers have been experimenting with some success in the area of stem cell research osteonecrosis. Recently published data has shown stem cell therapy to be a potential breakthrough ONJ treatment option, although large scale application of the therapy is still far from being a reality.
Contact RLG for a Free Fosamax ONJ Lawsuit Evaluation
Medical experts hold the key to osteonecrosis of the jaw treatment, but legal experts alone can help you recover the compensation needed to pay for medical bills and other losses. That’s where the Rottenstein Law Group comes in. Our experienced lawyers know what it takes to take on a large corporation like Merck and will do everything possible to secure a settlement on your behalf. To schedule a free case review with RLG, fill out this form or call 1-877-332-2347.