Dental implants as risk factors for patients with medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaws (MRONJ)

S. E.C. Pichardo, J. G. van der Hee, M. Fiocco, N. M. Appelman-Dijkstra, J. P.R. van Merkesteyn

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An increasing number of patients with medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaws (MRONJ) has recently been reported. It is still being debated whether the presence or placement of dental implants can lead to MRONJ, so the aim of this study was to find out whether dental implants are a risk factor for MRONJ. From January 2003-January 2019 180 patients with MRONJ were seen at the Leiden University Medical Center. Luxating moments for the onset of MRONJ were calculated retrospectively. We collected clinical data and details of antiresorptive medication and found 22 patients with both dental implants and MRONJ. In 18 patients the implants were in the region of the MRONJ and they were included in this study, 14 who had had implants before using antiresorptive drugs and four who had had antiresorptive drugs before or at the time that the implants were placed. The median times between the placement of implants and the diagnosis of MRONJ in these two groups were 24 months and 6 months, respectively. Among the 47 implants, 30 were located in the necrotic region, and all 30 were either lost spontaneously or had to be removed during treatment of MRONJ. Our results show an increased risk for developing MRONJ in patients with dental implants. Both peri-implantitis around previously placed implants, and insertion of dental implants, are risk factors. Prevention of peri-implantitis and caution when inserting dental implants in patients who take antiresorptive medication are therefore important.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)771-776
Aantal pagina's6
TijdschriftBritish Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Nummer van het tijdschrift7
StatusGepubliceerd - sep. 2020
Extern gepubliceerdJa


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