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Vol. 71, No. 3
ISSN: 1488-2159
March 2005


Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis for Endosseous Dental Implants


• David A. Walker, DDS, MS, FRCD(C) •

A b s t r a c t

Patients with complete or partial edentulism who have insufficient bone for endosseous dental implant treatment present a challenge for the dental practitioner. Alveolar distraction osteogenesis is a technique for creating bone and soft tissue, without the need for bone grafting and its potential complications.

In this article, alveolar distraction osteogenesis is compared with traditional bone grafting techniques. A case is presented to illustrate successful bilateral mandibular vertical distraction osteogenesis with creation of adequate bone volume for endosseous implant-supported dental restoration.


MeSH Key Words: alveolar ridge augmentation/methods; dental implantation, endosseous; osteogenesis, distraction/methods
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