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Treatment for osteoporosis used in restorative dentistry

28 October 2014

Treatment for osteoporosis used in restorative dentistry

Zoledronic acid – a treatment for osteoporosis and bone cancer – can be used in dental filling procedures, researchers have found in a study published in the Journal of Dental Research.

Salvatore Sauro at University CEU Cardenal Herrera in Valencia, along with researchers from Finland, Brazil, the US and the UK, has demonstrated that zoledronic acid in combination with bioactive ion-releasing resin-based adhesive systems can be applied in restorative dentistry to reduce the degradation of dentin collagen and enhance remineralisation processes at the resin-dentin interface.

Zoledronic acid works by slowing bone breakdown, increasing bone density and decreasing the amount of calcium released from the bones into the blood. It is used to treat osteoporosis and is applied in cancer chemotherapy to treat bone damage. 

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