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Volume 33 , Issue 3
May/June 2018

Pages 622–635


The Fate of Lateral Ridge Augmentation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Basel Elnayef, DDS, MS, PhD/Cristina Porta, DDS, MS/Fernando Suárez-López del Amo, DDS, MS/Lorenzo Mordini, DDS, MS/Jordi Gargallo-Albiol, DDS, PhD/Federico Hernández-Alfaro, MD, DDS, MS, PhD


PMID: 29763500
DOI: 10.11607/jomi.6290

Purpose: Owing to volumetric changes after tooth extraction, lateral ridge augmentation has become a common procedure prior or simultaneous to implant placement. Nonetheless, little is known with regard to the dimensional remodeling after healing of these lateral ridge augmentation procedures. Hence, the purpose of this systematic review was to assess the stability of bone grafting material between augmentation procedures and final healing, in terms of resorption rate. Materials and Methods: An electronic and hand literature search was conducted in several databases, such as the Cochrane Oral Health Group Trials Register, Embase, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, up until February 2017. Only randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with a mean follow-up of at least 6 months after implant placement aiming to evaluate the stability of grafting material for lateral ridge augmentation were included and quantitatively analyzed. Results: A total of 35 articles were evaluated; however, only 17 RCTs met the inclusion criteria. A total of 15 studies reported information on bone resorption, leading to a total sample of 304 implants. The estimated overall mean horizontal bone gain at the time of regeneration was 3.71 ± 0.24 mm, with 4.18 ± 0.56 mm for the block graft technique and 3.61 ± 0.27 mm for guided bone regeneration (GBR). The estimated overall net bone gain at final re-evaluation (11.9 ± 7.8) was 2.86 ± 0.23 mm. The estimated mean (± SD) resorption after 6 months was 1.13 ± 0.25 mm, with 0.75 ± 0.59 mm for the block graft technique and 1.22 ± 0.28 mm for GBR. The implant survival rate was 97% to 100%. Conclusion: Regardless of the material used for regeneration, different degrees of graft resorption should be expected. Given the sample of investigations analyzed in this review, block grafts seemed to maintain the volume of the initial augmentation site more than GBR techniques. During the initial stages of healing, the GBR technique experienced more changes compared with block grafts. The resorption of the xenograft group was inferior compared with the combination of xenograft and autologous bone groups. Consequently, overcorrection of the horizontal defects should be performed to compensate for the resorption of the grafting materials.


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