Archive for the ‘ Prescription Medication ’ Category

MEDICATION RELATED OSTEONECROSIS OF THE JAWS

Medication related osteonecrosis of the jaws (MRONJ) is a disorder with bone maturation that occurs as a result of taking certain medications (historically bisphosphonate drugs such as Fosamax; more recently with antiangiogenic drugs such as Denosumab; and mainly from injectable forms of these drugs used in chemotherapy such as Zometa) where dental related disease processes […]

Oral Surgeons Address the Opioid Crisis

Recently opioid abuse and addiction have been a hot story in the news. Dentists were made an early scape goat for prescribing problems with opioids. The truth is that Dentists were identified in questionnaires as being one of the earliest prescriptions for opioids that addicts were exposed to. This may be true. But Dentists write […]

BLEEDING FREQUENCY OF PATIENTS TAKING TICAGRELOR, ASPIRIN, CLOPIDOGREL, AND DUAL ANTIPLATELET THERAPY AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION

For the most part, patients who are on anticoagulation regimens can modify their treatment prior to minor elective surgery to reduce the frequency of bleeding problems during the post-treatment healing period (JADA 149(2) February 2018, Pgs. 132-138). In cases where the patient cannot be off of their anticoagulant medications, there are techniques to help to […]

THE NEED FOR PAIN MEDICATION AFTER ORAL SURGERY

Many oral surgery conditions and procedures can cause discomfort. You would be surprised at the wide range of discomfort responses among people to the same procedure. Even the effectiveness of the type of medication provided varies widely among different individuals (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 75:2063-2069, 2017). In fact, it is nearly impossible as a doctor […]

PRESCRIPTION OPIOID ABUSE

We perform many procedures that have discomfort as a possible side effect so we prescribe pain medication regularly. I have always taken this responsibility seriously and we have genuine concern for the potential for individuals to abuse this. (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 74:1291-1293, 2016). Although it is a very real responsibility for surgeons to prescribe […]