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Osteonecrosis of the Jaw & Myeloma with Dr. John Killip – On-Air Myeloma Support Group
Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) is a condition associated with a loss of blood supply to the jaw, causing the jawbone tissue death. Although the prevalence of ONJ is below 1%, it is more common in multiple myeloma patients as compared to breast and prostate cancer patients. On this show Dr. John W. Killip, D.D.S., a long time leader in dental education, tells us that ONJ may be caused by long term use of bisphosphonates, such as Aredia and Zometa in multiple myeloma patients and may also be triggered by dental procedures like tooth extraction or dental implants. He also emphasizes the importance of good dental care providers & dental hygiene precautions a myeloma patient should take in preventing ONJ. Tune in to learn more.