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Nassau County Dental Society

377 Oak Street, Suite 204, Garden City, NY 11530
Phone: (516) 227-1112 , Fax: (516) 227-1114

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw/Trigeminal Nerve Injuries

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw/Trigeminal Nerve Injuries
Date: 5/23/2018
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Short Description: Osteonecrosis of the Jaw/Trigeminal Nerve Injuries

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Membership Benefit Course

(The Nassau County Dental Society Designates

 This Activity for 3 CE Credits)


Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Check-In 6:30 pm

7:00 pm-10:00 pm


La Quinta Hotel

821 Stewart Avenue, Garden City NY (next to Bolla Market)



"Osteonecrosis of the Jaw and Trigeminal Nerve Injuries"


Part I: Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw: Review and Update

Part II: Diagnosis and Management of Trigeminal Nerve Injuries



Salvatore L. Ruggiero, DMD, MD, FACS

Dr. Ruggiero received his DMD degree from Harvard Dental School and his MD degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He received his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery board certification in 1994 and confirmed as a fellow in the American College of Surgeons in 2010.

After completion of his surgical training Dr. Ruggiero joined the full time faculty of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and the University Hospital at Stony Brook. During his 14-year tenure at LIJ he served as Program director, Chief of Oral Surgery and Associate Chairman of the Department of Dental Medicine. Dr. Ruggiero is now in private practice as a member of the New York Center for Orthognathic and Maxillofacial Surgery and Clinical Professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and Hofstra North Shore / LIJ School of Medicine.

Dr. Ruggiero practices the full scope of pediatric and adult Oral and Maxillofacial surgery that includes dental implant reconstruction, jaw reconstruction and the treatment of patients with facial cleft deformities. Dr. Ruggiero has a special interest and expertise in the management and surgical treatment of traumatic trigeminal nerve injuries and osteonecrosis of the jaw. He has chaired the AAOMS task force on medication related osteonecrosis of the jaw since 2007.



Part I: Medication-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw: Review and Update

   Osteonecrosis of the jaw related to antiresorptive medications has received a considerable amount of attention in the scientific and lay community since it was first described over 10 years ago. However, only within the past several years has there been significant progress toward understanding the pathogenesis of osteonecrosis of the jaw and the multiple variables associated with its clinical presentation. This lecture will review the current theories on pathogenesis and also provide an update of the recent clinical advances related to defining, treating and preventing medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw. New challenges in the research and clinical arena related to novel medications for the treatment of cancer and osteoporosis will be also be discussed.

Part II: Diagnosis and Management of Trigeminal Nerve Injuries

Injuries to the inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) and the lingual nerve are relatively uncommon events. However, there are certain routine surgical and non-surgical procedures that have the potential, albeit small, for injuring these neural structures. Surgical removal of impacted mandibular molars is by far the most commonly performed procedure that has a known risk of iatrogenic neural injury. Other procedures such as endodontic therapy, simple incision and drainage procedures, mandibular and mental foramen injections and mandibular osteotomies have also been associated with injury to the IAN or lingual nerve. More recently, there has been sharp increase in the number of patients with IAN injury as a result of mandibular endosseous implants violating the inferior alveolar canal. While most episodes of postoperative altered sensation resolve spontaneously, some patients will have more significant injuries that may require treatment in a timely fashion. The presentation will review the etiology, prevention and treatment of trigeminal nerve injuries.

Goals and objectives:

  1. To provide new and updated information about the management of trigeminal nerve injuries and medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaws (MRONJ)
  2. Review of the nerve-related risks associated with dental procedures and the medications associated with MRONJ
  3. Review of strategies for risk reduction and prevention



Dr. Ruggiero"s Planned educational program includes the use of a PowerPoint presentation, and a question and answer session. 


NCDS Member & Associate Member Dentists No Fee

Other Component ADA Member Dentists $75.00

Non-Dentist Staff $50.00

Non-Member Dentists $150.00




Pre-registration is required for all courses; walk-ins are not permitted. 

Payment is due upon registration (where applicable). Refunds will be issued if we are notified within 24 hours prior to the event start time; credits for future courses will not be provided. The schedule is subject to change. For pricing, to register and to view our courses by month, click on the calendar tab at

Please call us at 516-227-1112 if you have any questions.



Jovanna Little, MS, PHR, SHRM-CP

Executive Director