Question by  BrianK57 (23)

What is the relationship between Boniva and oral surgery?

I am taking Boniva and need oral surgery soon.


Answer by  SS85 (7)

Boniva, generic name ibandronate, is one of multiple bisphosphonate drugs taken orally to treat osteoporosis in women. Taking bisphosphonates has been linked to a rare but serious side effect during oral surgery called bisphosphonate-associated necrosis of the jaw (BON or sometimes BRONJ), where bone tissue around the jaw dies. Always undergo an oral examination before the surgery.


Answer by  starmlw (960)

It is my understanding that Boniva can cause degeneration of the jaw bone which could lead to other complications. Boniva and other bone support medications have also recently been shown to cause a specific type of hip fracture. While these statements are alarming, you should not stop taking Boniva without talking to your Doctor.


Answer by  MattK (1713)

Boniva is one of the new generation of medications for women with osteoporosis. It is designed to rebuild calcium and minerals within the bones but can cause jaw problems.


Answer by  Sheila (147)

There is a risk of jaw fracture when taking bisphophanates. this is because they maintain existing bone. When oral surgery takes place there is a risk of fracture because the bone is existing but it is not necessarily the strongest bone. The risk of jaw fracture does not outweigh the risk of other broken bones.


Answer by  patti (29325)

As is the case with any medication, all health professionals involved in your care need to know about all prescription and over-the-counter medications you take. Boniva should have to effect on oral surgical procedures, but you should inform your dentist just the same. This allows the dentist the opportunity to review medications, including post-op prescriptions, he plans to use.


Answer by  WranglerMama (289)

Taking Boniva increases your risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw bone, or death of the jaw bone. This can cause infections, swelling and the loosening of teeth.


Answer by  DrSPReddy (127)

Boniva is a medication that helps prevent osteoporosis and may inhibit bone growth and healing after oral surgery and may need to be stopped before the surgery


Answer by  Hewitt302 (1720)

Boniva is to help prevent bone loss. It is usually prescribed by a doctor, so it's best to check with your doctor before any major surgery. It is a good idea to stop taking the medication a few days, or maybe a week prior to the surgery.


Answer by  JamieCastaldo (17)

If by any chance you are taking Boniva and are going for oral surgery you will be facing a very large chance of loosing the jaw bone indefinitely. Due to ONJ the Jaw bone will not recover from the surgery and might swell, loose some teeth or all the bones might die.


Answer by  sanityrose (2664)

'Boniva' is linked to a oral reaction called osteonecrosis of the jaw. This occurs during oral surgeries such as implants or extractions. To avoid this reaction, you need to stop the Boniva for at least two months before the surgery is scheduled.


Answer by  mb (5482)

You will need to tell your dentist you are on Boniva. It should be fine but a dentist can tell you for sure. As long as it isn't an anticoagulant you should have no problems.


Answer by  Mrcy (66)

Apparently this drug has been linked with jaw necorsis which can cause more problems in the long run with people needed oral surgery.

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