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Volume 35 , Issue 1
January/February 2015

Pages 75-83

Lateral Alveolar Ridge Augmentation Using Tenting Screws, Acellular Dermal Matrix, and Freeze-Dried Bone Allograft Alone or with Particulate Autogenous Bone

Gregory R. Caldwell, DDS, MS/Michael P. Mills, DMD, MS/Richard Finlayson, DDS/Brian L. Mealey, DDS, MS

PMID: 25734709
DOI: 10.11607/prd.2260

This randomized prospective study evaluated the clinical benefits of using a corticocancellous mixture of freeze-dried bone allograft alone or in combination (1:1) with particulated autogenous bone for horizontal ridge augmentation and subsequent implant placement. Twenty-four patients with atrophic ridges received lateral ridge augmentations with particulate grafts placed around tenting screws and covered with a fixed acellular dermal matrix membrane. Thirty-three standard-diameter implants were successfully placed in 21 patients after a 24-week graft healing period. Three patients experienced early postoperative infections following the grafting procedure (12.5% of sites). At reentry, the allograft alone group showed similar average horizontal ridge width gains (3.33 0.83 mm) to the combination group (3.09 0.63 mm; P = .44). The mean graft resorption between baseline and reentry averaged 13.89%.

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