Frequently asked questions
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.
The answer you receive has a Sensitivity = 95% Specificity = 70% for risk of osteoporosis based on your dental X-ray image. The Boneprox method has been tested and proven by several studies and is patented. The method has been developed following the results of an EU research project, the so-called Osteodent study. The result of the analysis is presented in terms of a value related to the WHO’s (World Health Organization) standard scale for bone density measurement called T-score.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.