Leon Assael, DMD

 Leon Assael, DMD, FACD, FICD

Leon Assael, DMD, FACD, FICD

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Recommended for: Dentists
OSOMS Courses
Note: To attend this session, please register for "OSOMS Symposium: Part 1"




Introduction to Osteoporosis Medications and their Oral Consequences
(Presented with Chaim Vanek, MD) 
There are many efficacious medications for the treatment of osteoporosis. This lecture will provide an overview of the various agents (bisphosphonates, SERM's, anabolics, and new anti-resorptives) so that dental practitioners are familiar with the medications their patients may be taking for osteoporosis. Mechanisms of action and potential side effects of these therapies will be highlighted.

The patient with osteoporosis is undergoing a decade long series of pharmacologic interventions that modify bone loss and change the physiologic milieu of bone.  This has famously been associated with BRONJ (bisphosphonate related osteonecrosis of the jaws).  The consequences of osteoporosis and its pharmacologic therapy have additional profound effects on oral health.  Diagnosis, prevention/dental treatment planning and management of the consequences of BRONJ and additional effects are reviewed in this session.

At the conclusion of the course, attendees will be able to:
  • Distinguish the various osteoporosis agents and the relevance to their own practice
  • Assess the pharmacologic management of osteoporosis in the dental patient and develop improved decision making with regard to dental treatment planning and execution of dental procedures


Dr. Assael is Professor and Chairman of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,  Residency Program Director, and Medical Director Hospital Dentistry and Professor of Surgery OHSU Schools of Medicine and Dentistry in Portland, Oregon.  Dr. Assael is an alumnus of Columbia University Harvard University Vanderbilt University and the University of Kentucky.   He served as Dean of the University Of Kentucky College Of Dentistry from 1997-2003.  Dr. Assael is the past Editor in Chief of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  He is the past Chairman of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure of the ADA.