Edition V06N03 | Year 2012 | Editorial Caso Clínico | Pages 52 to 59
Introduction: Alveolar reconstruction of vertical bone defects remains a daunting challenge in implant dentistry. Among the various techniques used to correct such defects is distraction osteogenesis (DO), which has been described as a technique used to gain bone and soft tissues, especially in surgeries for reconstruction of mandibular and maxillary alveolar ridges to allow the placement of dental implants in a favorable position and with greater success predictability when subjected to functional loads.
Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of DO in two patients treated with the technique of alveolar distraction osteogenesis.
Case report: The clinical cases were evaluated for bone gain through clinical and radiographic examination, pre- and post-distraction.
Results: At the end of treatment, both cases had gained sufficient bone as to enable subsequent rehabilitation with implants. Conclusions: The success rate reported in the literature and in the cases presented here prove the efficiency of the technique and its clinical feasibility.
Silveira BBB, Pontes CGC, Bomfim RT, Barros MNF, Araújo MC, Miranda DAO. Treatment of vertical alveolar defects by means of osteogenic distraction technique. Dental Press Periodontol Implant Dent. 2012 July-Sept;6(3):52-9.