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Bisphosphonate-Induced ONJ: A Road Map for Treatment Decisions That Will Keep You Out of Trouble

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 


William Maher, RPh, DDS, MS 

Course Overview

Oral bisphosphonates have become very popular for the treatment of osteoporosis in both men and women.  The more potent parenteral form of this same drug is used in oncology to prevent bone metastases.  A growing controversy and uncertainty exists surrounding the relationship between their long term use and negative treatment outcomes involving invasive dental procedures such as extractions, implant placement and apicoectomies.  This discussion seeks to arm the participant with facts to make sound decisions and minimize negative treatment outcomes.  Topics will include: review of available bisphosphonates, indications for use, dose, and mechanism of toxicity.

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course participants will be able to:

  •  Understand the mechanism of bisphosphonate toxicity
  •  Understand the difference in Oral toxicity  vs. IV toxicity
  •  Understand the rationale behind bisphosphonate use
  •  Identify what treatments work for ONJ and which do not
  •  Identify the risk-factors for development of ONJ
  •  Identify non-bisphosphonate treatments for ONJ
  •  Identfy which dental procedures are likely to cause ONJ


University of Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus, Detroit, MI
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Special Pricing
Dentist - $75; Allied - $50  
All UDMSD Alumni - $20
(includes refreshments)

If you choose to pay for a continuing education course by check, please note that the check must be received by UDM within ten (10) days of registration. If the check is not received within ten (10) days of registration, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the course and will remove you from the course roster and you will forfeit your held seat. If you register less than ten (10) days prior to the start of a course, payment will be accepted up to the course start time. If additional time is required, please contact 313-494-6626 prior to registering to make a payment arrangement.


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM; Registration table opens half an hour before the course begins.

CDE Credits

2 hours (Lecture)

Registration Policy

For your convenience you may register up until 3:00 p.m. on the day prior to the start of the course with no additional charge. An additional non-refundable fee of $20 dollars per person, per course will be assessed to any registrations received after 3:00 p.m. the day prior to a course or to any same day or walk in registrations.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

A full refund less $25 will be granted if notification of cancellation is received by the Institute for Advanced Continuing Dental Education office two weeks (14 or more days) prior to the start of the course. If a cancellation is received less than two weeks (13 or less days) prior to the start of this course, a full refund less $50 will be granted. Refunds cannot be given for same day cancellations or no-shows.

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