Osteoporosis: Its Treatment and the Link to Osteonecrosis

Sunday, April 24

9 AM - Noon

3 CDE Credits – DDS, DH

About the Course

An estimated 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Studies suggest that one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Much misinformation exists about the current treatment guidelines for this insidious disease. This program will provide participants with an overview of osteoporosis and the various agents available for its prevention and treatment. Using case scenarios, special emphasis will be given to dental patients taking bisphosphonates and other anti-resorptive medications and to developing patient management strategies essential for successful treatment planning and the management of these patients in everyday clinical situations.

This session will enable participants to:
•Describe bone metabolism and the pathophysiology of osteoporosis
•Identify the various agents used in the treatment of osteoporosis, including their mechanisms of action, adverse reactions, contraindications and dental considerations
•Describe the role of anti-resorptive medications, including oral bisphosphonates, in the treatment of osteoporosis as well as their role in the pathophysiology of medication-associated osteonecrosis
•Recognize current treatment guidelines for the successful management of dental patients receiving anti-resorptive medication therapy


Tom Viola, R.Ph, CCP

With more than 30 years’ experience as a board-certified pharmacist, clinical educator, professional speaker and published author, Tom Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P., has earned his national and international reputation as the go-to specialist for making pharmacology practical and useful for all members of the dental team. As an educator, Tom is a member of the faculty of more than 10 dental professional degree programs and has received several awards for outstanding teacher of the year. As an author, Tom is well known for his contributions to several professional journals and currently serves as a consultant to the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs. As a speaker, Tom has presented more than 1,000 informative, humorous and engaging continuing education seminars and webinars to dental professionals internationally since 2001.

Conflict of Interest: None reported.

Tom Viola, R.Ph, CCP