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Article: Volume 49 Number 4 Page 348 - April 2022

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Oral medicine:  Biologics and Dentistry: Implications for Dental Treatment and Patient Management

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Abstract: This article discusses the implications of biologics on dental treatment and patient management. There is limited information available on the dental relevance of biologics, and, with increasing numbers of patients undertaking biological therapy for autoimmune diseases, cancer, and osteoporosis among other conditions, comprehensive research is needed. Information gathered from clinical trials and literature reviews was used to consolidate information for general dental practitioners (GDPs).

Clinical relevance: To update GDPs on biologics, highlight the importance of taking a thorough medical history and encourage discussion on management of patients taking biologics in general dental practice.

Author notes: Amrit Dhami, BDS (Glasg), BSc, Biochemistry and Immunology, University of Strathclyde. Shauna Culshaw, PhD, MFDS (RCPS Gla), MRD (Perio) RCSEd, Senior Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant in Periodontics, University of Glasgow Dental School. email: adhami180@gmail.com

Objective: To highlight the implications of biologics on dental treatment and patient management.