Peñarrocha-Diago M, Gómez-Adrián MD, García-García A, Camacho-Alonso F, Rambla-Ferrer J. Vertical mandibular alveolar bone distraction and dental implant placement: a case report. J Oral Implantol. 2006;32(3):137-41.
Extensive bone defects complicate the adequate placement of dental implants and the required angulation. In such cases, alveolarridge augmentation techniques such as guided bone regeneration, particulate or block grafting, and alveolar bone distraction are needed.
The present study describes a case in which a large vertical bone defect in the anterior mandibular zone was corrected via vertical alveolar bone distraction. Six dental implants were posteriorly placed for implantsupported restoration of the mandible, with early implant loading. The clinical and radiologic control showed good implant and soft tissue conditions 12 months later.