Volume 59 (2017) Issue 1 Pages 147-155
Osteoporosis and periodontal disease are linked by an altered receptor activator of nuclear factor κB ligand and osteoprotegerin ratio (RANKL/OPG), and medical treatment with bisphosphonate (BP) may help control these molecules. The effect of BP on clinical findings and gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) values of RANKL and OPG using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays was evaluated in postmenopausal women; 13 patients with both chronic periodontitis and osteoporosis (group A), 12 systemically healthy patients with chronic periodontitis (group B), 12 periodontally healthy patients with osteoporosis (group C), and 10 systemically and periodontally healthy individuals (group D). Recordings were repeated at the end of months 1, 6, and 12 in groups A, B, and C. At the baseline, groups A and B exhibited the lowest OPG values (P < 0.05). After periodontal treatment, OPG values were markedly increased at the end of 6th month in group A and 12th month in group B (P < 0.008). There was no significant difference in GCF RANKL values among groups (P > 0.05) or during the observation period (P > 0.008). The use of BP may be effective in preventing periodontal breakdown by controlling the levels of these markers in osteoporosis as an adjunct to periodontal treatment.