Management of osteoporosis patients for prosthetic restoration

보철치료를 위한 골다공증 환자의 관리

Baek, Ji-Yeon;Jeon, Han-Sol;Lee, Jin-Han

  • Received : 2016.05.12
  • Accepted : 2016.06.14
  • Published : 2016.06.30


The average life expectancy has been increased, so the proportion of elderly patients that visit to the dental clinic for prosthetic restoration has increased. Elderly patients have various chronic diseases. Recent trends show an increase of osteoporosis in elderly patients, and thus, the number of osteoporosis patients is expected to escalate. Currently, the most widely used drug for osteoporosis is bisphosphonate. However, osteonecrosis of the jaw has been reported as a side effect derived from longterm oral administration or injection treatment of the drug. Surgical dental treatment was the main cause of medication related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ). As MRONJ is very difficult to cure, it is important to take preventive measures. Surgical operation may be needed for the mouth preparation before prosthetic restoration. For successful treatment, the dentist should have a full understanding of osteoporosis and show a continued interest toward this disease for careful management.


osteoporosis;bisphosphonates;osteonecrosis;mouth preparation


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