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Volume 31
Supplement 2016

Pages s121–s164


Biologics and Cell Therapy Tissue Engineering Approaches for the Management of the Edentulous Maxilla: A Systematic Review


Gustavo Avila-Ortiz, DDS, MS, PhD/P. Mark Bartold, DDS, PhD/William Giannobile, DDS, MS, DMSc/Wataru Katagiri, DDS/Salvador Nares, DDS, PhD/Hector Rios, DDS, PhD/Daniel Spagnoli, DDS, MS, PhD/Ulf M.E. Wikesjö, DDS, DMD, PhD


PMID: 27228246
DOI: 10.11607/jomi.16suppl.g4

Purpose: The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate current and emerging regenerative approaches for implant site development in the edentulous atrophic maxilla using tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (TERM) principles and to identify priorities for future research. Materials and Methods: Two independent examiners conducted a comprehensive search using specific keywords to identify original clinical studies using TERM for implant site development in the edentulous atrophic maxilla including indications for alveolar ridge preservation, horizontal alveolar augmentation, maxillary sinus augmentation, and augmentation of severe vertical or combined defects. Endpoints included clinical, radiographic, histologic, and patient-centered outcomes. Results: The initial search identified 3,061 articles. The final selection included 89 articles, of which 12 evaluated alveolar ridge preservation, 6 horizontal defects, 61 maxillary sinus augmentation, and 11 management of severe vertical or combined defects. A summary of the main findings relative to the effect of TERM-based approaches applied for implant site development in the atrophic maxillary segments is presented. Marked heterogeneity among included studies prevented meaningful quantitative analysis. The following relevant effects of TERM-based therapies for site development in the edentulous atrophic maxilla were observed: (1) recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 in an absorbable collagen sponge carrier increased bone augmentation; (2) recombinant human platelet-derived growth factor BB in combination with freeze-dried bone allograft or beta tricalcium phosphate accelerated bone formation through accelerated remodeling of carrier biomaterials; (3) autologous cell therapy enhanced clinical and radiographic outcomes; (4) autologous cell therapy in alveolar ridge preservation provided superior histomorphometric outcomes (vital bone formation) at 6 weeks; and (5) platelet-rich plasma formulations combined with autologous bone grafts for maxillary sinus augmentation increased radiographic density and accelerated bone mineralization at 6 months. Conclusion: Clinical success has been demonstrated with the application of different TERM modalities for implant site development in the edentulous atrophic maxilla. However, indications are narrow and further study is needed. Clinical trials assessing meaningful outcomes, involving larger populations, and with longer follow-up are warranted to discern the effectiveness of the achieved results compared with a valid control.


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