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Volume 29 , Issue 5
September/October 2009

Pages 543-547

Guided Bone Regeneration Technique in the Esthetic Zone: A Novel Approach Using Resorbable PLLA-PGA Plates and Screw Fixation. A Case Report

Giacomo Fabbri, DDS/Myra Brennan, DMD/Massimiliano Manfredi, MD, DMFS/Giorgio Ban, MD, DDS

PMID: 19888498
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0880

The use of biodegradable fixation materials or devices during maxillofacial, craniofacial, and orthopedic reconstructive surgical procedures reduces or eliminates the need to perform a second surgical procedure, which would otherwise be required to remove a nonbiodegradable device. This article presents a novel approach to augment a horizontally deficient alveolar ridge using both a resorbable plate/screw fixation system composed of a polylactic acid–polyglycolic acid (PLLA-PGA) copolymer to provide a rigid scaffolding for the bone chips and a resorbable collagen barrier (Bio-Gide, Osteohealth) to secure the graft material. For periodontal reconstructive procedures, such as guided bone regeneration, the clinical application of this technique may be advantageous and also provide a more esthetic result by minimizing the need for an additional surgical procedure. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2009;29:543–547.)

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