Applying orthodontic tooth extrusion in a patient treated with bisphosphonate and irradiation: a case report

Hiromitsu Morita, Yuko Imai, Masahiro Yoneda, Takao Hirofuji

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Bisphosphonates and irradiation are useful medical treatments, but can often cause oral complications such as medication-related oral necrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) and osteoradionecrosis (ORN) during oral surgery, including tooth extraction. Therefore, we should take all risks into consideration carefully before choosing dental treatment for patients with a medical history of such therapies. A 55-year-old woman who underwent cord blood transplantation to treat extranodal natural killer T (NK/T) cell lymphoma (nasal type IVB) had a medical history of bisphosphonate and irradiation treatments. We treated her residual tooth root by applying orthodontic extrusion to avoid extraction and successfully restored the tooth. Application of an orthodontic tooth extrusion technique for conservative treatment of a residual tooth is a useful means of avoiding MRONJ or ORN in patients who have a medical history of bisphosphonate and irradiation treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-46
Number of pages4
JournalSpecial Care in Dentistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dentistry(all)

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