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A Comparison of Graft Techniques for the Alveolar Ridge Prior to Oral Implant
Date:7/24/2014

ient site morbidity, wound closure, buccal soft tissue flap, immediate or delayed implant insertion, and long-term stability of the graft.

Both methods are used primarily for horizontal alveolar ridge augmentation, or bone widening. Block bone grafting is effective for severe anterior atrophy in the upper and lower jaw. However, morbidity at the donor site and later-term graft resorption can occur with this method.

Some advantages of the split-ridge procedure include the lack of a donor site and that the buccal flap is not compromised but left attached. A post-operative injury while chewing is less likely with the ridge-split method because the graft is positioned more internally, protecting the area.

While the choice of graft technique must ultimately be decided by the experience and comfort level of the operator, the author asserts that the ridge-split treatment has many advantages and produces a stable graft over time.

Full text of the article, “Classification of the Alveolar Ridge Width: Implant Driven Treatment Considerations for the Horizontally-Deficient Alveolar Ridges,” Journal of Oral Implantology, Vol. 40, Special Issue 1, 2014, is available at http://www.joionline.org/doi/full/10.1563/AAID-JOI-D-14-00023.

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