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Bisphosphonate-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (BRONJ)

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Bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ) is a condition in which bone is exposed in the upper or lower jaw, sometimes without cause. Symptoms may include pain, swelling and halitosis (bad breath). Oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Jefferson Health will perform a biopsy to rule out any other conditions and may order a CT or MRI scan for further evaluation.


Management of BRONJ includes both nonsurgical and surgical treatments, depending on your condition. Our oral surgeons are rated among the best in the Delaware Valley, according to Philadelphia magazine, and will explain what to expect before, during and after your procedure.