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doi: 10.1097/ID.0b013e318289e311
Basic and Clinical Research

Block Allograft for Reconstruction of Alveolar Bone Ridge in Implantology: A Systematic Review

Araújo, Pryscyla P. T. DDS, MS*; Oliveira, Kerlison P. DDS, MS*; Montenegro, Sheyla C. L. DDS, MS*; Carreiro, Adriana F. P. DDS, PhD; Silva, José S. P. DDS, PhD; Germano, Adriano R. DDS, PhD

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Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the literature regarding clinical efficacy and predictability of block allograft for restoration of vertical and/or horizontal bone defects.

Materials and Methods: A literature search was conducted in PubMed/MEDLINE and Cochrane databases about studies reporting the use of block allografts. The review included studies published in English from 1960 to 2011 and excluded single-case reports and articles that did not use block allograft stabilized by fixation screws.

Results: The search revealed 567 articles, but only 14 were included, which were conducted in humans with a total of 194 patients treated with block allografts, totalizing 253 blocks.

Conclusions: Although a high success rate has been reported for the bone allograft survival, this systematic review demonstrated low level of scientific evidence articles with short follow-up time and diversified methodology with difficult possibilities to compare their results.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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