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Volume 24 , Issue 7
Supplement 2009 2009

Pages 260271

Ridge Preservation Techniques for Implant Therapy

Ivan Darby/Stephen T. Chen /Daniel Buser

PMID: 19885449

Materials and Methods: A MEDLINE/PubMed search was conducted and the bibliographies of reviews from 1999 to March 2008 were assessed for appropriate studies. Randomized clinical trials, controlled clinical trials, and prospective/retrospective studies with a minimum of five patients were included. Results: A total of 135 abstracts were identified, from which 53 full-text articles were further examined, leading to 37 human studies that fulfilled the search criteria. Many different techniques, methodologies, durations, and materials were presented in the publications reviewed, making direct comparison difficult. Conclusions: Despite the heterogeneity of the studies, it was concluded that ridge preservation procedures are effective in limiting horizontal and vertical ridge alterations in postextraction sites. There is no evidence to support the superiority of one technique over another. There is also no conclusive evidence that ridge preservation procedures improve the ability to place implants. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2009;24(suppl):260271

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