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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kıvanç Bektaş Kayhan

Dental Surgery in Patients Under Bisphosphonate Therapy: When? How?

The number of patients under bisphosphonate therapy is increasing every day despite the fact of osteonecrosis risk. This therapy is indispensible for most of the multiple myeloma, bone metastasis of various tumors and some osteoporosis patients. Although dental care before the therapy is essential and getting for attention by most of the medical doctors prescribing bisphosphonates, oral and dental follow up of these patients is crucial also. There are many circumstances we face in dental clinics such as acute absess or dental traumas that we have to intervene immediately. According to guidelines drug holiday is recommended although sometimes we have clinical doubts about this time period. There are no guidelines about the best practice in dental surgery for patients under bisphosphonate therapy. Here the aim is sharing knowledge and experience about dental surgery interventions with more then 500 patients with or without necrosis who were under bisphosphonate therapy.


Associated Professor Kıvanç Bektaş-Kayhan received her DDS and PhD degrees from the İstanbul University Faculty of Dentistry (2000,2006) respectively. She was trained in Oral Surgery and Medicine. In 2013 she was appointed as Associated Professor in İstanbul University. She is a fellow of European Association of Oral Medicine (EAOM), Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC)/ International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO), Turkish Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (TAOMS) and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Society. She serves in MASCC/ISOO as research lead of the Oral Care Study Group. Her research activity is focused on clinical and molecular based research. She has a special interest in oral cancer and precancer, medication related osteonecrosis of jaws, dental rehabilitation of oncology patients and dental implants. Associated Professor Bektaş-Kayhan has published over 50 scientific papers and a book on oral medicine. She also awarded as ‘Young Scientist’ in 2006 by EAOM, Merit Award by Hellenic Society of Supportive Care in Cancer in 2011.