Osteonecrosis Related to Once-Yearly Zoledronic Acid Treatment in an Osteoporotic Patient after Dental Implant

Thais Gimenez Miniello Juliane Pirágine Araújo Rodrigo Nascimento Lopes Fabio Abreu Alves About the authors

This paper presents a case of osteonecrosis of the jaw related to zoledronic acid (5 mg) administered once yearly to treat osteoporosis. A 79-year-old woman who has been treated for osteoporosis for 5 years with 5 applications of zoledronic acid was referred for evaluation. The patient had been submitted to dental implant placement and there was no osseointegration. On clinical examination, suppuration and exposed bone on the alveolar ridge were observed. Radiographic examination revealed an osteolytic area and bone sequestration. Both clinical and radiological features were suggestive of osteonecrosis. The treatment consisted of surgery to remove the affected bone completely. The patient is asymptomatic at 9 months after surgery. Dentists and oral surgeons should be alert to the possibility of osteonecrosis related to the use of once-yearly injections of zoledronic acid for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis.

osteonecrosis of the jaw; bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis; once-yearly zoledronic acid; dental implants.

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