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Volume 28 , Issue 4
July/August 2008

Pages 411-419

Harvesting Bone in the Recipient Sites for Ridge Augmentation

Hyman Smukler, BDS, DMD, H Dip Dent/Diego Capri, DDS/Luca Landi, DDS

PMID: 18717380
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0816

A modified ridge augmentation technique is introduced for augmenting deficient alveolar ridges in preparation for endosseous implant placement. The technique is based on the principles for guided bone regeneration, in which a created space is kept isolated from the surrounding soft tissues by a resorbable membrane with an excellent extended resorption profile, thus permitting the accrual of bone-formative elements into the graft site. The absorbable membrane is propped up by an autogenous mixture of native corticocancellous bone cores taken in the graft site and reduced to smaller particle sizes and osseous coagulum collected in bone traps and with a special bone scraper. The major advantage of this technique is that all the autogenous bone graft material is obtained from the actual graft site, avoiding second remote intra- or extraoral surgical sites and attendant morbidities. Ridges augmented with this technique permit optimal endosseous implant placement. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2008;28:411419.)

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