Bisphosphonates are agents commonly used in the treatment of osteoporosis, and in the management of metastatic bone disease, and of hypercalcaemia of malignancy. Any oral surgical procedure or traumatic event exposing bone to bacterial infection may precipitate osteonecrosis of the jaw in subjects who have been treated with bisphosphonates which suppress bone turnover and inhibit the angiogenesis associated with healing. New guidelines for the treatment of bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw are emerging, but hitherto treatment has been empirically conservative.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||SADJ : journal of the South African Dental Association = tydskrif van die Suid-Afrikaanse Tandheelkundige Vereniging|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2011|