Subperiosteal Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Ridge Augmentation Technique (SMART): A New Standard for Bone Reconstruction of the Jaws
Ernesto A. Lee, DMD
Traditional guided bone regeneration techniques include flap mobilization and placement of a bone graft, often with the use of space-maintaining devices and cell-occlusive membranes. This approach is associated with frequent complications that negatively affect the outcome of the augmentation and the peri-implant soft tissue esthetics. Although current tunneling techniques have focused on periodontal soft tissue applications, earlier publications described their use for horizontal augmentation of mandibular posterior edentulous ridges in full-denture patients. More recently, the use of recombinant human plateletderived growth factor (rhPDGF-BB) was tested with different bone matrices to treat maxillary anterior edentulous spans. The present case series reports the use of a subperiosteal minimally invasive aesthetic ridge augmentation technique (SMART) to treat 60 single and multiple edentulous, dentate, and implant sites on 21 patients and five treatment categories with a follow-up period ranging from 4 to 30 months. The technique includes the use of a laparoscopic approach to deliver a growth factor/xenograft combination into a subperiosteal pouch. No flap elevation, cell-occlusive membranes, space-maintaining devices, or decortication procedures were used. The results from this case series demonstrated predictable and consistent bone regeneration. The average gain in ridge width for all treatment categories was 5.11 mm (SD 0.76 mm), which compares favorably with previously published reports. Morbidity and complication rates were consistently reduced as well. Human histology results show xenograft particles surrounded by newly formed bone. The role of the periosteum as a source of pluripotent cells in growth factor–mediated bone regeneration is discussed.