Osteoporosis International

, Volume 25, Issue 5, pp 1625–1632

Distinctive role of 6-month teriparatide treatment on intractable bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00198-014-2622-8

Cite this article as:
Kim, K.M., Park, W., Oh, S.Y. et al. Osteoporos Int (2014) 25: 1625. doi:10.1007/s00198-014-2622-8



The administration of teriparatide (TPTD) in conjunction with periodontal care could provide faster and more favorable clinical outcomes in previously refractory bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaws (BRONJ) cases compared to conventional dental care, combination of surgery and antimicrobial treatment. We also found that underlying vitamin D levels might influence the response to TPTD treatment.


Treatment of BRONJ is quite challenging and there are no standard treatment modalities. In this retrospective, longitudinal study, we examined whether additional TPTD administration could be beneficial for the resolution of BRONJ lesions compared to conservative management, such as antimicrobial treatment with or without surgery, and also studied the factors influencing the response to TPTD.


Twenty-four cases of intractable BRONJ were included: 15 subjects were assigned to the TPTD group and the other 9 subjects, who refused TPTD administration, were assigned to the non-TPTD group. All subjects in both groups continued calcium and vitamin D supplementation and the TPTD group additionally received a daily subcutaneous injection of 20 μg TPTD for 6 months.


While 60.0 % of the non-TPTD group showed one stage of improvement in BRONJ, 40.0 % of the group did not show any improvement in disease status. In the TPTD group, 62.5 % of the treated subjects showed one stage of improvement and the other 37.5 % demonstrated a marked improvement, including two stages of improvement or complete healing, and there was not a single case that did not improve. The clinical improvement of BRONJ was statistically better in the TPTD group after the 6-month treatment (p < 0.05). Moreover, patients with higher baseline serum 25(OH)D levels showed better clinical therapeutic outcomes with TPTD.


We observed the beneficial effects of TPTD on BRONJ, and subjects with optimal serum vitamin D concentrations seemed to reap the maximum therapeutic effects of TPTD. A prospective, randomized, controlled trial should be needed to further evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of TPTD in the resolution of BRONJ.


BisphosphonateJawOsteonecrosisTeriparatideVitamin D



Bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaws


Bone mineral density


Body mass index




C-telopeptide of type I collagen




Parathyroid hormone


25-Hydroxyvitamin D

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineSeoul National University Bundang HospitalSeongnamSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Advanced General Dentistry, Severance Dental HospitalYonsei University College of DentistrySeoulSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Severance Dental HospitalYonsei University College of DentistrySeoulSouth Korea
  4. 4.Department of Internal Medicine, Severance Hospital, Endocrine Research Institute, Brain Korea 21 Project for Medical ScienceYonsei University College of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea