Suboxone Stories Highlight How Tooth Decay Warnings Came Far Too Late For Many Users

Testimonials shared by Suboxone users describe how the opioid treatment drug left them with severe and painful dental side effects. Lawsuits now allege that these problems could have been avoided with earlier warnings.

After Suboxone was first introduced in the early 2000s, it quickly became a critical drug for treatment of opioid dependency in the United States. However, when the drug maker replaced the original tablet version with Suboxone film about ten years later, a growing number of testimonials began to emerge that described devastating Suboxone dental side effects being experienced by users.

According to Suboxone stories shared on this website and across the internet, individuals with previously healthy teeth reported that their teeth began to decay and rot after long-term exposure to the drug, often resulting in the need for multiple extractions and costly dental treatments.

As a result of the drug maker’s failure to disclose these dental risks, former users are now pursuing Suboxone tooth decay lawsuits, each raising similar allegations that the manufacturer failed to respond to thousands of adverse events reported by users, and ignored years of public outcry raising concerns over the tooth decay side effects.

Suboxone Lawsuit

Did You Suffer Tooth Loss from Suboxone?

Lawsuits are being pursued by users of Suboxone who experienced tooth loss, broken teeth or required dental extractions. Settlement benefits may be available.

Learn More About this Lawsuit SEE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR COMPENSATION

Despite grassroots attempts to raise awarenes about the tooth decay problems for years, lawsuits indicate that the drug maker withheld critical information about the risk from users and the medical community, including steps that could be taken to avoid long-term dental damage.

In early 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally announced a Suboxone warning label update, after identifying hundreds of adverse event reports submitted by users who experienced dental side effects, including:

  • Severe dental decay
  • Tooth loss
  • Tooth extractions
  • Cracked/Chipped teeth
  • Other serious tooth problems

The new warnings now highlight the importance of regular dental checkups while taking Suboxone, as well as recommend that users rinse their teeth with water after Suboxone film has dissolved, and wait at least one hour before brushing their teeth to avoid long-term damage. However, this information came too late for countless users who have been voicing concerns about their experiences with Suboxone across social media, forums, and various online platforms.

In this featured post, AboutLawsuits.com will highlight some of the Suboxone tooth decay testimonials that have been shared within our community, and the alarming consistency of complaints outlined in these stories, as well as the lawsuits now being pursued against the drug manufacturer.

Suboxone Tooth Decay Stories

Long before the FDA required the drug maker to add information about the tooth decay side effects of Suboxone in 2022, thousands of individuals had already been sharing their personal dental struggles after starting Suboxone on social media platforms such as Facebook, Reddit, X (formerly knowns as Twitter) and other outlets.

AboutLawsuits.com has been covering developments with Suboxone for years, including articles posted in early 2021 about a Suboxone settlement reached by the drug maker over false advertising claims and early concerns raised by the FDA about burprenorphine tooth decay side effects.

Each of these Suboxone stories resulted in hundreds of comments being shared about devastating dental problems that users experienced, including:

Suboxone Tooth Rot and Decay Stories

“I’m 45 years old and I’ve got 24 teeth that have broke off even with the gums. I’ve been on Suboxone for over 12 years. I can’t afford to get my teeth fixed. These drug companies have made a lot of money off us. They need to be held accountable.”

“I have spent thousands of dollars repairing my tooth decay leaving my dentist puzzled as to what’s causing this. I had perfect teeth always. It dawned on me what if it’s the Suboxone that’s the cause. After googling I found an overwhelming amount of people with the same exact issues.”

“Been on Suboxone since august 2020 and I’ve already had 5 teeth pulled and the rest of my teeth are just decaying away and I was never told anything bad at all about Suboxone!!!!!!”

“I’ve been on Suboxone since 2017 and had no issues with my teeth when I started but 2 years in, one by one my back teeth were decaying with no lack of dental hygiene, and now I cannot eat anything unless it’s soft due to the pain I’m in every day.”

Suboxone Tooth Loss & Extraction Stories

“Ruined my perfect teeth, never had a cavity or dental issues ever. Started Suboxone in 2007-2011, completely ruined my teeth. I have had about 12 teeth pulled, the other ones are all puttied up with dental filler. I have lost my self-confidence and makes me cringe every time I think about it.”

“I was on Suboxone for 7 years and my teeth were so shot by the time I weaned myself off that EVERY one had to be pulled. I have zero teeth in my mouth and my teeth were nice before using the drug. I was never warned about this.”

“I have had 3 teeth pulled in the 2 years I’ve been on Suboxone. And my front ones are breaking now.”

“I have been on Suboxone for over 10 years and I have lost almost every one of me teeth… I believe that they should have to pay me for the loss of my teeth and I’m only 45 years old.”

Suboxone and Dentures Stories

“I’ve been on Suboxone for years. My teeth began breaking off one by one. I have a full set of dentures now thanks to Suboxon. My dental health was near perfect my entire life. They began breaking at the gum line, eventually causing me to have all my teeth pulled.”

“I’m 41 years old and have been on Suboxone for years! Not one time was I ever told they would affect my teeth! They made it seem like a miracle pill that’s so helpful and kept me on them.. I’m in full dentures, full of anxiety and depression and have spent 10,000 on my dental work so far! It’s not ok, it’s not my fault”

“My teeth immediately started rotting out once I got on Suboxone. I had just purchased brand new veneers only for them to fall out because of the rot. I’ve now had to have all teeth removed and wear dentures.”

“This blows my mind !!!!! I had to have my teeth removed and get dentures in my early 30’s. So embarrassing!!! I have always wondered why my teeth just dissolved in my mouth and cracked and split…I was on Suboxone for 2-3 years. And that’s when the tooth decay occurred leading to $11,000 worth of surgery and false teeth.”

Suboxone Lawsuits Over Tooth Decay and Tooth Loss

Share Your Suboxone Story

Did you suffer dental injuries after taking Suboxone? Share your story with AboutLawsuits.com and have your comments reviewed by a lawyer to determine if you may be eligible for a lawsuit.

ADD COMMENTS

FDA Warning Over Suboxone Tooth Decay

Prior to 2022, the Suboxone Medication Guide and Prescribing Information contained no warnings about the risk of tooth decay or dental issues.

However, after years of adverse events being submitted to the FDA and users sharing their experiences on social media platforms, the FDA finally issued a warning about Suboxone sublingual films and similar mouth-dissolving buprenorphine products in January 2022, warning that Suboxone can increase the risk of tooth decay and severe dental problems.

At the time of this warning, the FDA cited over 300 annual reports of dental complications linked to these products, with 131 of these cases being deemed as severe. The FDA’s warning indicated that users were found to experience dental problems as early as two weeks into treatment, with the average time for diagnosis being around two years after starting the drug.

Suboxone Dental Problems Reported to FDA

The adverse events submitted to the FDA by Suboxone users also detailed a long history of dental decay side effects, dating back to at least 2010.

Many of the Suboxone lawsuits currently being filed have pointed to the extensive history of dental side effects associated with Suboxone, claiming the manufacturer failed to perform adequate post-marketing studies to identify side effects being reported among users.

Below are several examples of dental problems reported to the FDA by Suboxone users;

  • July 14, 2010: FDA received a report from Reckitt Benckiser of a patient suffering tooth disorder and tooth discoloration while taking Suboxone;
  • May 25, 2011: FDA received a report from Reckitt Benckiser of a patient suffering tooth loss while taking Suboxone;
  • February 23, 2012: FDA received a report from Reckitt Benckiser of a patient suffering a tooth fracture while taking Suboxone;
  • November 5, 2013: FDA received a report from Reckitt Benckiser of a patient suffering tooth fracture while taking Suboxone;
  • May 30, 2014: FDA received a report from a patient suffering gingivitis, pain in jaw, tooth fracture, dry mouth, tooth loss, dental caries, and toothache while taking Suboxone;
  • October 14, 2015: FDA received a report from Indivior of a patient suffering toothache, dental caries, tooth erosion, dry mouth, tooth fracture, gingival recession, and tooth loss while taking Suboxone;
  • March 4, 2016: FDA received a report from Indivior of a patient suffering a jaw cyst, toothache, tooth loss, and oral pain while taking Suboxone;
  • May 5, 2017: FDA received a report from a healthcare professional of a patient suffering stomatitis while taking Suboxone;
  • July 20, 2018: FDA received a report from Indivior of a patient suffering tooth loss, toothache, and periodontal disease while taking Suboxone;
  • December 19, 2019: FDA received a report from Indivior of a patient suffering tooth loss and tooth fracture while taking Suboxone
  • October 14, 2020: FDA received a report from Purdue of a patient suffering tooth extraction while taking Suboxone and other prescription medication;
  • October 7, 2021: FDA received a report from Reckitt Benckiser of a patient suffering tooth fracture, dental caries, and tooth loss while taking Suboxone;
  • January 28, 2022: FDA received a report from a healthcare professional of a patient suffering tooth extraction, tooth infection, dental caries, mastication disorder, and tooth loss while taking Suboxone; the report also indicated that the patient was suffering from decreased self esteem;

Suboxone Tooth Decay Lawsuits: Seeking Compensation for Dental Damage

For individuals who have been left with permanent tooth decay from Suboxone, the updated warning label does little to reverse their damages.

While the warnings provide new users critical information about steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of permanent dental damage from Suboxone, the drug maker has not voluntarily provided financial compensation for former users left with costly treatments and disfiguring injuries.

To seek justice and settlement benefits from the drug manufacturer, lawyers are now pursuing Suboxone tooth decay lawsuits, which seek to hold the drug maker accountable for their failure to adequately warn users about dental side effects for years.

Do You Qualify For a Suboxone Tooth Decay Lawsuit?

Financial compensation may be available through a Suboxone lawsuit payout for individuals who used the sublingual films and developed any of the following dental problems;

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Tooth loss
  • Broken teeth
  • Tooth extractions
  • Jaw bone deterioration
  • Underwent oral surgery
  • Required dental implants
  • Other serious tooth issues

Have A Suboxone Lawyer Review Your Claim

Lawyers across the United States are now actively reviewing cases for individuals who have experienced tooth decay as a side effect of Suboxone.

While litigation remains in the early stages, Suboxone lawyers provide free consultations and claim evaluations to help individuals determine if they may be eligible for financial compensation through a Suboxone dental decay lawsuit.

AboutLawsuits.com has partnered with law firms to provide free claim evaluations, by completing a short on-line questionnaire that will be reviewed by a lawyer to determine if a settlement or lawsuit payout may be available. Claim evaluations are free and all cases are handled by lawyers on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.


Find Out If You Qualify for Suboxone Tooth Decay Compensation

3 Comments

  • EllieDecember 8, 2023 at 3:24 am

    Same as the other comments I got Dentures at 44 after being on Suboxone on and off for 12 years. It was embarrassing to go from being attractive to being called "snaggletooth" . The Suboxone film when putting it under my tongue it would get stuck on my bottom middle teeth. It took no time at all for me to start looking like a Saber Tooth Tiger. Even though I hated the idea of Dentures at my age i[Show More]Same as the other comments I got Dentures at 44 after being on Suboxone on and off for 12 years. It was embarrassing to go from being attractive to being called "snaggletooth" . The Suboxone film when putting it under my tongue it would get stuck on my bottom middle teeth. It took no time at all for me to start looking like a Saber Tooth Tiger. Even though I hated the idea of Dentures at my age it was all I could afford. I think they should have to pay for Dental implants for all of us.

  • CasaundraDecember 3, 2023 at 10:41 am

    This is insane I had no idea what was happening i had perfect teeth and when i got on suboxon in 2011 thru 2012 i started having to have my teeth extracted from chipping breaking off in early 2014 from then til now ive had all but 8 teeth pulled im 36 got clean off opiates that were shoved on me by docs and this is the reward i get wow zero warning about the awful side effects

  • CrystalNovember 25, 2023 at 1:25 am

    I have been prescribed Buprenorphine for close to 4 years now and never was informed about the tooth decay issues this medication causes by any doctor or pharmaceutical literature. I started having severe issues with my teeth , first losing all of my fillings after which the teeth broke in half and had terrible infections, abscesses, which in turn have caused me to have high blood pressure for the[Show More]I have been prescribed Buprenorphine for close to 4 years now and never was informed about the tooth decay issues this medication causes by any doctor or pharmaceutical literature. I started having severe issues with my teeth , first losing all of my fillings after which the teeth broke in half and had terrible infections, abscesses, which in turn have caused me to have high blood pressure for the first time in my life, ear and sinus infections, enamel loss, teeth falling out and breaking with no warning, terrible constant pain in my face and jaw and ears, ive had to have multiple rounds of antibiotics, which causes yeast infections on my skin, bleeding yeast infections, horribly painful mouth ulcers from the abscesses and infections. I now need all of my top teeth extracted which I can't afford, I almost choked to death repeated times, the infections also cause swelling of my throat , fevers, fatigue, and depression now that my teeth look terrible . I need more teeth extracted and have ongoing infections and breakage and cavities in my bottom teeth as well and enamel erosion - severe enamel loss. My blood pressure which has been low to normal all of my life has been at hypertensive crisis levels since this started. I have had countless sleepless nights spent crying up in pain all night . I had an estimate done to get implants and the cost is $29,000 at Clear Choice Dental which has oral surgeons, dentists, and a prosthodontist onsite . I don't have bone loss yet if I wait too long to have these problems taken care of then I can probably add bone grafting to the list of procedures costing thousands more . I am now severely depressed and cannot function to have a job or barely go out in public because as someone who always tried to take of themselves and used to have good self esteem this has been an absolute nightmare. I traded one evil for another by being prescribed Buprenorphine for substance abuse apparently became severe this medication has ruined my life. At the very least I would like to have my dental implants paid for so that I could have my quality of life back. I am 49 years old and this is absolutely awful to have these kinds of health issues.

Share Your Comments

I authorize the above comments be posted on this page*

Want your comments reviewed by a lawyer?

To have an attorney review your comments and contact you about a potential case, provide your contact information below. This will not be published.

NOTE: Providing information for review by an attorney does not form an attorney-client relationship.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

More Top Stories