How concerns for bisphosphonate-induced osteonecrosis of the jaw affect clinical practice among dentists: A study from the South Texas Oral Health Network

Cara B. Gonzales, Veronica Young, Norma S. Ketchum, Jamie Bone, Thomas W. Oates, Rahma Mungia

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Abstract

Bisphosphonate-induced osteonecrosis of the jaw (BONJ) represents a growing concern for dentists and patients in that it may alter clinical care. This study assessed the knowledge and perceptions of practicing dentists in relation to the risk of BONJ and how their knowledge and perceptions influence their decisions when developing treatment plans. For this study, a sample of dentists (n = 93) in South Texas completed a 38-item survey about BONJ knowledge and perception and their current clinical practices for patients undergoing bisphosphonate therapy. Knowledge score groupings reflected differences between low knowledge and high knowledge dentists in terms of their behavior concerning medical history, alternative treatments offered, and routine blood testing for patients on bisphosphonate therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-67
Number of pages7
JournalGeneral dentistry
Volume63
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

Keywords

  • Bisphosphonate osteonecrosis of the jaw
  • Dental care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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