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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

November/December 2007
Volume 38 , Issue 10

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Vertical distraction osteogenesis of the alveolar process for implant therapy: Two case reports

J. Thomas Lambrecht, Prof, Dr Med Dent/Manuela Linder, Dr Med Dent/Sinisa Ostojic, Dr Med Dent

Pages: 859866
PMID: 18197326

Rehabilitation of the chewing function of a patient depends on the quality and volume of the existing jawbone. Vertical augmentation of the jawbone is often a challenge for the dental surgeon. Various transplantation methods, from transplantation of autogenous bone to use of bone substitute material, have been described and discussed and are often controversial. Vertical distraction presents an alternative to preimplantation augmentation of vertically reduced bone. The technique offers certain advantages over conventional augmentative methods. (Quintessence Int 2007;38:859866)

Key words: alveolar process, distraction, implants, osteogenesis, vertical bone deficiency

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