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Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)

Actonel and Tooth Extraction

03/03/2009

Question:

I need an extraction of the no. 14 molar. I am on Actonel and my dentist wants me to stay off of Actonel for three mnths before he extracts the tooth. Then to stay of the med for another three months for a good healing. Does this sound right?

Answer:

You will need to contact your physician to get approved before you stop taking the medication. Six months seems to be to long or even unnecessary. You should have a second opinion by an oral surgeon.  They have more experience with patients under special medications.

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Response by:

Alfredo  Hernandez, DDS, MS Alfredo Hernandez, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Comprehensive Care
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University