FAQ2020-02-04T11:07:20+00:00

FAQ

For dentists

How do I get started?2020-01-21T14:32:55+00:00

To get started, the clinic only creates a username and password for the clinic’s own portal and then you are ready to upload X-rays for analysis. In the portal you get a full overview of completed analyzes, search functions to find the patient’s analyzes and statistics. Once you have uploaded a digital X-ray image, you will receive a detailed analysis if the patient is at risk or not while the patient is in the chair.

Why a bone density analysis?2020-01-21T14:30:24+00:00

Osteoporosis creates major problems among the elderly; not just women but also men. The risk of getting a fracture related to osteoporosis is 50% for women and over 25% for men. Osteoporosis can be prevented, partly with good medication, but also through lifestyle improvements, exercise and dietary advice. The biggest challenge today is that the risk of osteoporosis is not diagnosed in time, but is often observed first after a fracture occurs. Observations are then made (but not consistently) at healthcare centers through DXA-scanners. In large studies, it has been shown that the risk of osteoporosis can be detected through a regular dental X-ray. Boneprox, who have developed the solution, are currently working with dental and healthcare coordinators in municipalities and county councils to prevent fractures and improve the public health for patients. The patient demand to perform an analysis is great. Both women and men in the risk ages are well-informed regarding the disease and would like to have a simple risk assessment done in order to take a stand and demand a visit at the healthcare centers for further diagnostics / treatment. In the field of dentistry, there have been a lot of studies and research regarding the bone structure and the quality of the mandibular bone. Generally, dentists have high skills and good habits in assessing bone structure on X-rays, both intraoral and on panoramic images.

On which dental X-rays can you perform a bone density analysis?2020-01-31T15:22:11+00:00

Boneprox analyzes the mandibular bone between the premolar in the lower jaw. The optimal image is therefore a periapical X-ray of the lower jaw (it is also possible to use standing bitewing if there is a clear view on the lower jaw). To see instructions on how to take an optimal periapical X-ray/bitewing in order to perform an analysis, click here.

What do we need to do as a clinic?2020-01-21T14:26:06+00:00

The clinic only uploads a periapical X-ray of the lower jaw (or bitewing with clear view of the lower jaw) in the portal and answer the 3 questions of risk, then Boneprox takes care of the rest. The clinic does not make a diagnosis or even a treatment proposal, but only takes a position based on a x-ray image and the anamestic questions.

How does it work?2020-01-21T14:24:39+00:00

Boneprox analysis method is a patented software that analyzes the bone density on a digital dental X-ray. The image is marked in an area where the jaw bone structure is seen and measured. The algorithm then measures how much cavity there is in the bone tissue and presents a value on the bone’s beams. Studies show that a high value, that is a lot of cavities, indicates a fragile bone structure and a low value indicates dense and strong bones. The calculated limit between a dense and a sparse bone structure is set to 6,3 units. The Boneprox method, in response, indicates that there is no risk of osteoporosis if you have a dense bone structure, that is, less than 6,3 units, whereas if you have a value above 6,3 units (sparse bone), you are considered at risk of osteoporosis.

What do I do if a patient is in the “yellow zone”?2020-01-21T14:23:35+00:00

The yellow zone shows the limit for risk of osteoporosis and is classified as osteopenia which is a precursor to osteoporosis. A value in the yellow zone , Boneprox recommended a new analysis within 1 year.

What do I do if my patient is at risk of having osteoporosis?2020-01-21T14:43:07+00:00

Boneprox method analyzes the risk of osteoporosis and fracture and makes no diagnosis. In case of positive response to osteoporosis, the patient should therefore be referred to the local healthcare center or one of Boneprox partners for further examination and treatment.

Who may suffer from low bone density?2020-01-21T14:21:42+00:00

Every year, every other woman and every fourth man over 50 is affected by osteoporosis. In today’s society, office jobs are becoming more common, which means that people do not get the activity and training needed to keep the skeleton strong and healthy. There are a number of factors that increase the risk of osteoporosis. These can be a sedentary life, smoking, bad diet, heredity and longer treatment with cortisone. In addition, there are risk factors that can not be affected, such as heredity. The development of the bone tissue is stimulated by estrogen, and therefore women who crossed menopause have a greater risk of having osteoporosis. Research also shows that young women who exercise excessively and loses their menstruation have a higher risk of having osteoporosis.

For individuals

My local dentist does not offer bone density analysis?2020-01-21T14:32:09+00:00

The first step may be to contact your dental clinic and ask if they perform the analysis. If this is not the case, you can contact Boneprox so we can refer you to a clinic nearby which offer the analysis, or contact the dental clinic to help them get started.

How does it work?2020-01-21T14:31:06+00:00

As a patient, you perform a bone density analysis in association with your regular visit at your dentist. You only need to ask your dental clinic if your X-ray can be analyzed. The image is then sent through Boneprox patented solution that measures the cavity of the jaw bone and you receive the answer immediately.

Are there any warning signs or symptoms?2020-01-21T14:29:44+00:00

Unfortunately, it is difficult to detect osteoporosis as it is a so-called «silent epidemic», but there are some warning signs that should be known. If you have backaches, it may be osteoporosis. The vertebrae can be compressed and create an unpleasant backache that can be experienced in the form of a radiant pain. Vertebrae compression can then lead to spinal fractures, which in turn can be shown through length reduction or that the person in question develop a hunchback. Other warning signs of osteoporosis may also be abnormal bone fracture in low energy cases.

Who may suffer from low bone density?2020-01-21T14:21:42+00:00

Every year, every other woman and every fourth man over 50 is affected by osteoporosis. In today’s society, office jobs are becoming more common, which means that people do not get the activity and training needed to keep the skeleton strong and healthy. There are a number of factors that increase the risk of osteoporosis. These can be a sedentary life, smoking, bad diet, heredity and longer treatment with cortisone. In addition, there are risk factors that can not be affected, such as heredity. The development of the bone tissue is stimulated by estrogen, and therefore women who crossed menopause have a greater risk of having osteoporosis. Research also shows that young women who exercise excessively and loses their menstruation have a higher risk of having osteoporosis.

What is osteoporosis?2020-01-21T14:19:29+00:00

Osteoporosis is a «silent» disease that can be difficult to detect. The disease inhibits the growth of bone tissue within the bone. This is a part of the aging process, but through a number of factors, the process is accelerated. When the bone tissue breaks down faster than it is built up, small “cavities” is created in the skeleton, which makes it more fragile to break or getting injured. Because it is an «invisible disease», it is usually not detected until a bone fracture has occurred. These bone fractures usually occur in so-called low energy cases, which means a fall that usually wont cause a bone fracture, a benchmark used is that falling from normal standing height should not cause a fracture. There are two phases in the development of osteoporosis. When a person is on its way of getting osteoporosis, it is called osteopenia. Without action osteopenia can develop into osteoporosis.

Treatment of osteoporosis2020-01-21T14:34:48+00:00

If you perform a bone density test at an early stage, it is easy to prevent the disease today. Osteoporosis can be treated with and without drugs depending on the stage of the disease. Treatment without drugs is often used in an early stage and may occur in the form of vitamin D supplements, physical activity and higher intake of calcium products such as milk, cheese and other dairy products. When treating osteoporosis with drugs, in general, bisphosphonates are used which counteract the degradation cells in the bone tissue. Bisphosphonates can be obtained either as a tablet form or by drop. The tablets are usually taken once a week and drip is usually taken every six months.

What to do if I’m at risk?2020-01-21T14:15:50+00:00

If the answer shows that you are at risk of having osteoporosis after performing an analysis at your clinic, you as a patient can bring your received answer to your family doctor or get a direct referral to a healthcare center/osteoporosis center to get further examination as well as treatment (some of Boneprox-connected dental clinics can refer directly to the nearest osteoporosis center).