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Current Issue - Volume 37, Issue 2, 2017

Journal Impact Factor: 1.415
5-year Impact Factor: 1.771




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Subperiosteal Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Ridge Augmentation Technique (SMART): A New Standard for Bone Reconstruction of the Jaws
Ernesto A. Lee, DMD

In this issue, Ernesto Lee presents “Subperiosteal Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Ridge Augmentation Technique (SMART): A New Standard for Bone Reconstruction of the Jaws.” In this article, Dr. Lee presents clinical and histologic documentation of a minimally invasive tunnel technique for ridge augmentation using a combination of anorganic bovine bone matrix and recombinant human platelet-derived growth factor-BB placed subperiosteally. The case series includes 60 implant sites in 21 patients followed for up to 30 months. The technique is described in detail, outlining the need for maintenance of the periosteum with a precise tunneling flap elevation. The mean bone gain was > 5 mm. This technique may enhance our ability to provide complex care such as ridge augmentation with less invasive techniques, maintaining high predictability to ease delivery of care for our patients. Further research will enhance the understanding of these techniques.

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