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Volume 15 , Issue 6
November/December 2000

Pages 883-888

Simultaneous Implant Placement and Vertical Ridge Augmentation with a Titanium-Reinforced Membrane: A Case Report

Roberto Cornelini, MD, DDS, Filippo Cangini, DDS, Ugo Covani, MD, DDS, Sebastiano Andreana, DDS, MS

PMID: 11151590

The present report demonstrates a clinical approach to achieve vertical ridge augmentation around endosseous implants. Two implants were placed, leaving the threads exposed, in the atrophic mandibular right posterior quadrant of a male patient. Both implants were covered with a titanium-reinforced expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (e-PTFE) membrane. Second-stage surgery was performed 12 months after implant placement. Upon membrane removal, growth of mineralized tissue was observed around both implants, covering areas previously not covered by bone. Implants were then progressively loaded and restored. Titanium-reinforced e-PTFE membranes can be satisfactorily used for vertical augmentation of atrophic ridges. (INT J ORAL MAXILLOFAC IMPLANTS 2000;15:883-888) Key words: alveolar ridge augmentation, dental implant, guided bone regeneration

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