Faculty Studies/Projects



The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are delighted to present the report on the national study on avascular necrosis of the jaws including bisphosphonate-related necrosis (BRONJ).

The two year registration project is the first of its kind. It allows patients and healthcare professionals to get a better understanding of the likely rates of bisphosphonate-related necrosis of the jaws.  From the study we would estimate that in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) there are about 620 (508-793) cases a year. Although caution needs to be applied to the interpretation of rates in post-menopausal women with osteoporosis treated with an oral bisphosphonate, we would suggest that this is somewhere between 1 in 1,260 and 1 in 4,420 per year. Thus bisphosphonate-related necrosis of the jaws can be considered as a rare or very rare condition depending on the cohort studied.

There is much more detail in the report and we sincerely hope that it serves both to inform and reassure. Click here to downloaded the full report.

The BRONJ steering group would like to thank all units which participated in the project.  If you have contributed data and would like a certificate of participation for appraisal and revalidation purposes please contact Amrita Narain on 020 7869 6750 or email bronj@rcseng.ac.uk.


Impact of CPD on Dentistry

In November 2011 the FGDP(UK) published "The Impact of Continuing Professional Development in Dentistry: A Literature Review", a report commissioned by the GDC.

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