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Reconstruction of Atrophied Anterior Mandible With an Inlay Technique and Resorbable Miniplates: A Case Report

Felice, Pietro MD, DDS, PhD*; Pistilli, Roberto MD; Marchetti, Claudio MD; Piana, Laura DDS*; Checchi, Vittorio DDS, PhD§; Nisii, Alessandro MD; Iezzi, Giovanna DDS, PhD

doi: 10.1097/ID.0b013e3182260904
Clinical Science and Techniques
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This case report describes an inlay augmentation procedure with resorbable bone plates and fixation screws in a case of vertical atrophy of the anterior mandible. After 3 months from the surgery, vertical bone height augmentation was evaluated, and at the time of implant insertion, core biopsies from the grafted area were taken. Moreover, 8 months after the start of prosthetic loading, radiographic assessments showed no pathological signs. This case report shows that the effectiveness of resorbable plates during the graft healing process is similar to that of titanium plates.

*Resident, Department of Periodontology and Implantology, School of Dentistry, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy.

†Resident, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Unit, San Filippo Neri Hospital, Rome, Italy.

‡Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy.

§Resident, Department of Periodontology and Implantology, School of Dentistry, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy.

∥Chief, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Unit, San Filippo Neri Hospital, Rome, Italy.

¶Research Fellow, Dental School, University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy.

Reprint requests and correspondence to: Pietro Felice, MD, DDS, PhD, Dipartimento di Scienze Odontostomatologiche, Via San Vitale 59, 40125 Bologna, Italy, E-mail: pietro.felice@unibo.it

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.