In this presentation, an exciting new treatment modality of horizontal augmentation for edentulous atrophic maxillary ridges will be introduced. This technique involves the use of a native collagen resorbable membrane to completely immobilize and protect a particulated composite bone graft for the initial weeks of graft maturation. The absence of a titanium-reinforced membrane can be overcome by secure fixation of the membrane on both the lingual/palatal and the vestibular side. Utilizing these procedures may lessen the need for harvested autogenous bone and may generally lead to decreased morbidity and therefore increased patient comfort and satisfaction associated with these regenerative procedures.
István Urbán, DMD, MD, received his DMD degree and subsequently his MD degree from Semmelweis University School of Medicine and Dentistry in Budapest, Hungary, after which he completed a residency program in oral surgery at St Istvan Hospital and an internship program in periodontics at the University of California at Los Angeles. After graduating from the Fellowship Program in Implant Dentistry at Loma Linda University, he was appointed assistant professor there, where he continues to teach implant dentistry in the graduate program. Dr Urbán is currently conducting several clinical studies about the success of bone augmentation procedures and the long-term success rates of dental implants placed in regenerated bone. He has published several scientific articles and book chapters on the topic of bone regeneration, lectures internationally, and maintains a private practice in Budapest.
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