Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) is a medical condition that causes an extremely painful and disfiguring jaw bone disease. ONJ causes the jaw bone to decay and die, making it difficult to eat or speak. ONJ develops after temporary or permanent loss of blood to the jaw bone tissue, leading to tissue and bone death. Typically, ONJ occurs following a minor mouth trauma (like a tooth extraction), which causes the jaw bone to be exposed and easily infected, but it is also linked to many prescription drugs, including:

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw symptoms include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Loose teeth
  • Dramatic gum loss

Because ONJ symptoms are irreversible, medical experts advise early treatment for ONJ. ONJ treatment may include antibiotic medications or surgery to cover and protect the exposed sections of the jaw.

If you or a loved one developed Osteonecrosis of the Jaw during or after using a prescription medication, please contact one of our Osteonecrosis of the Jaw attorneys today for a free and confidential case evaluation and to learn more about your legal rights.

Published November 17, 2011 by