• What are the common dental side effects of zometa?

    Asked by downbutnotout on Friday, May 10, 2013

    What are the common dental side effects of zometa?

    My Oncologist suggested I go get all dental problems resolved before treatments with this. So I expect it's supposed to harm my teeth?

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Chemo per se does not cause dental issue, but treatment cause issues with blood counts, especially platelet counts (counts) and suppresses your immune system, which makes you much more susceptible to infections. I needed to have two teeth pulled while under treatment the first time the tooth became infected in literally two hours, and I spent 9 days in the hospital, and had the tooth pulled two weeks after i was discharged. I was back on my oral chemo a week after the procedure. the 2nd time was off my chemo for a week before and and a week after tooth was pulled, there were no complications, but we were being very cautious and put on very high doses of antibiotics to prevent issues.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I can't tell you about Zometa, I never had it. But I can tell you about radiation to the neck and mouth. It will destroy your teeth. The advice on getting your teeth checked and fixed is spot on, you need to do that. I would consult an Oral surgeon that has experience in dealing with chemo/radiation patients. Also bring it up with your Oncologist again to see if your hospital has an oral surgery dept. They will be familiar with it.

      over 3 years ago
    • Cat's Avatar

      Zometa is a bone strengthing drug, it coats the bones, not chemo. I had all my dental work done befor starting zometa. Haven't had any problems with my teeth and I have been on it for a year. No side affects so far from the drug! You do need to get all dental work done first, they say no drilling after becuz it can crack your jaw bone.

      over 3 years ago
    • Therose's Avatar

      Along with velcade and dexamethadonone. Once a month I took primidia I probably not spelling it correctly but was bone strengthener once a month. I had to make sure I kept dental checkups uptodate. However I still got TMJ so taken off. The explanation I got was total health included good dental health as SueRae stated to avoid infections on all fronts.

      over 3 years ago
    • Rolltidelynne's Avatar

      I had the sane advice by doctors. I had all my dental issues performed month before my stem cell transplant. So glad I did:) I haven't had any issues since. And I feel much much better no more worrying about dental issues!

      over 3 years ago
    • Draygeaux's Avatar

      My Oncologist didn't tell me anything about the side effects of Zometa. Now I have severe jaw and teeth deterioration. I have to go see an Oral Surgeon now to find out if I have to have surgery.

      almost 3 years ago

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