* Graphic Images* Ridge Splitting Procedure and Bone Expansion with 6 Implant Placements

Case ID: 4026

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A female patient lacks the necessary bone thickness (alveolar ridge width) to support regular size dental implants. Therefore, a ridge splitting procedure (RSP) is performed so that 6 standard platform (regular size) endosteal or root-form implants could be placed and not resort to using narrow platform (narrow size) implants which has a lower survival rate when supporting a full-arch implant oral prosthesis. After the completion of the RSP, the bone is carefully expanded to allow for the placement of 6 dental implants followed by the suturing with tension-free primary wound closure of the area. As a result, an overall gain of approximately 4 mm of bone thickness is achieved from this procedure making the total overall thickness to be at roughly 9 mm.


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Description: A cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan is taken for the patient and with the aid of 3-D imaging software a treatment plan is devised where 6 regular size dental implants are preplanned for placement. In order for this to be possible, a bone augmentation procedure will be required (in this case, an RSP).

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Description: A uniform saw cut into bone is made of at least 10 mm in depth and is extended from one end to the opposite end of the upper or maxillary arch.

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