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Surgical Mini-Lectures and Clinics

Thursday, September 15, 2011
3:30PM - 5:30PM


(C) 204A


Factors, Recognition, Prevention, and Treatment of Bisphosphonate Induced Osteonecrosis of the Jaws

Robert E. Marx, DDS
Professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL


Both oral and intravenous bisphosphonates have toxic effects on osteoclasts resulting in bone renewal suppression. This had led to jaw necrosis in many cases. However, preventative measures and treatment protocols are now in place which can reduce the risk and more completely manage patients.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. To gain an understanding of bone remodeling/renewal and its dependance on osteoclasts function and stimulation of the osteoblast
  2. Participants prevent osteonecrosis in developing in their own patient and are able to teach fellow oral and maxillofacial surgeons and dentists these effective protocols. Participants effectively treat osteonecrosis of the jaws and are able to reach
  3. Participants prevent osteonecrosis from oral bisphosphonates in their patient who requier surgery

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