Prolia injections. Good or bad.
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If you receive a Prolia injection you can't have any serious dental work done until 6 months after your injection. This has just happened to me. I have a molar that needs serious work and the endodontist says I can't have the tooth removed for 6 months. This happened just 2 weeks after my injection. I am now on antibiotics.
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I can relate. I have a molar requiring extraction followed by an implant. Saw oral surgeon last month. Both oral surgeon and endocrinologist say must wait until month six of Prolia injection which is January as I got my injection at end of July. Hope this tooth hangs in. General dentist cleaned out infection and what remains of tooth has temporary crown. Hope the tooth hangs in until Jan., hope once its extracted that the bone heals properly, hope I am not one of those victims who gets Prolia-caused osteonecrosis of the jaw. Endocrinologist says this time can wait 7 months for next injection. These osteoporosis drugs! Wonder about the risk/benefit ratio.
There is good and bad in any medication. You have to do the research and decide what is best for you.
I decided to try Prolia a few years back… at the time they said no one had any side effects from it. That has changed now. Now there is an assortment of side effects.
I have had upper abdominal surgeries and have continued stomach & esophagus problems. One would think an injection would not cause a problem with the stomach. The injection which was in my arm caused my stomach to hurt much like a stomach ulcer. I did report it to my care team at Mayo Clinic. To help with the pain I added Mylanta to my meds for a couple or so so weeks.
I have the numbers from my bone scans and none of the treatments that I have had have significantly helped my numbers any. I just try to eat and exercise the best I can.
You know your body best so no matter what has happened to others it is up to you to decide for yourself.
Hi all. This is an update on my decision to take Prolia, first injection in a couple of weeks. As it happened, I had a regular dental app’t recently and mentioned this to the hygienist. She said aging usually causes some natural bone loss in the jaw but they can tell the difference between natural loss and medication loss. She took bone measurements of my teeth and will do so again at my next app’t. I go every 6 months so the timing is pretty good. If they measure more than normal bone loss I’ll say goodbye to Prolia.
Interesting. Since I have been on Prolia, my pre-existing g.i. issues (which were definitely manageable) have worsened considerably. This upcoming dental procedure may be the opportunity to transition away from Prolia.
Thank you for the reply. I will find out Tuesday as I am going to Oral Surgeon.
I am thinking that I won't continue with Prolia as I haven't seen much improvement with any bone building medications. I do eat good things and exercise. I haven't had the stomach problems, This tooth has already had a root canal but the roots weren't completely taken out. I don't see the sense in trying to save the tooth when there isn't that much of the tooth there and the endodontist doesn't give me good vibes about saving the tooth.
@ams I have been down that road of old failing root canals and I chose to have the teeth extracted and I got Zirconium implants and Zirconium replacement teeth so it is all ceramic and no metal in my body. As a bonus after the bad teeth were removed, my asthma improved greatly because my immune system wasn't dealing with toxic cadmium from the gutta percha in the root canal and the infection from the tooth that never clears up. I am glad I did not get titanium implants. They are not pure and have other metals in them and some people are allergic which is a problem after the jaw bone heals around an implant. I did have to live with titanium plates on my ankle bone after a fracture and it caused pain, heat in the joint and chronic hives. I had that removed and am back to normal now. When root canals fail, it sends all the stuff in the tooth into the jaw bone. That happened to me and it ate a hole in the bone. At first I saved the tooth and the oral surgeon cleaned out the infection in the bone and cut off the tip of the root and repacked the tooth. Then a couple years later, the tooth next to that went bad, and since I had 4 root canal teeth in a row, I replaced all of them with implants and a bridge. They were not worth saving, and my health improved dramatically after they were removed. Implants and replacement teeth are very expensive… about $5000 a tooth so be prepared for a shock when you inquire about that. All of this was a result of an accident and breaking my teeth as a kid, and all the dental work over the years that failed and was replaced a few times. It is also a very long process of about a year or more to complete.
Thank you so much. The more information I receive helps me so much. I have had teeth problems in the past due to the amalgam that used to be put in the fillings. Then having fibro didn't help either and TMJ too. That is why I am so concerned with any major work being done on my jaw. I feel the same way about metals as I feel that is why I have had problems in the past. I really appreciate the information that you have passed along.
@ams You are welcome! I'm glad I could help. I had my silver amalgam fillings removed, but they had already caused an auto immune thyroid problem (Hashimotos) according to my functional medicine doctor. I have to take desiccated pig thyroid to replace what my thyroid doesn't do. Old silver fillings leach mercury vapor which is toxic. The antibody levels against my thyroid were off the charts, and after I had the fillings removed and replaced by a biological dentist with resin composites, the antibodies were a low level. Now it tests as borderline, but the damage has been done.
You may be interested in our discussion on Myofascial Release and the first pages have lots of links to information. It may help to release tight tissue to get your jaw realigned. I have had that too and MFR helped and getting fascia moving will help release waste products that get stored there. You can search for an MFR therapist here. http://mfrtherapists.com/
If you are interested in an Environmental Medicine or functional medicine doctor, there is a provider search at this link.
@migizii. I would change medications if I was not getting any results and had impacting side effects.
Thank you again!
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