The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) has changed the name of the nomenclature of bisphosphonate-related osteonerosis of the jaw (BRONJ) to medication related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ). The reason for the name change is due to the fact that other drugs other than fosamax, boniva, or zometa have been found to cause osteonecrosis. It has been found that RANK ligand inhibitor (denosumab) and antiangiogenic medications can also cause osteonecrosis according to the new AAOMS position paper.
So if you are a patient considering oral surgery especially dental implant, you will want to discuss all your medications and their effects on bone healing with your dental implant surgeon. Call the office of John Freeman MD, DDS, FACS for your consultation today.