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Volume 33 , Issue 2
March/April 2013

Pages 159166

Vertical Ridge Augmentation of an Atrophic Posterior Mandible with an Inlay Technique and Cancellous Equine Bone Block: A Case Report

Pietro Felice, PhD, DDS, MD/Laura Piana, DDS/Luigi Checchi, MD, DDS/Valeria Corvino, DDS/Ulf Nannmark, DDS, PhD/Maurizio Piattelli, MD, DDS

PMID: 23484171
DOI: 10.11607/prd.1098

This report describes a successful implant prosthetic rehabilitation in an atrophic left posterior mandible in a 62-year-old man using a cancellous equine bone block as grafting material. Four months later, two bone specimens were retrieved for histologic evaluation and two dental implants were placed. Computed tomography and conventional radiography showed a 5-mm mean vertical bone gain. The biopsies showed new bone formation within the cancellous portion of the blocks and no foreign body reaction. Cancellous equine bone grafts may be an effective alternative to autogenous bone and inorganic bovine bone grafting for reconstruction of the posterior mandible using the inlay technique. (Int J Periodontics and Restorative Dent 2013;33:159166. doi: 10.11607/prd.1098)

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