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Current Issue - Volume 37, Issue 4, 2017

Journal Impact Factor: 1.415
5-year Impact Factor: 1.771




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Interpositional Augmentation Technique in the Treatment of Posterior Mandibular Atrophies: A Retrospective Study Comparing 129 Autogenous and Heterologous Bone Blocks with 2 to 7 Years Follow-Up
Pietro Felice, MD, DDS, PhD/Carlo Barausse, DDS/Antonio Barone, DDS, PhD, MSc/Giovanni Zucchelli, DDS, PhD/Maurizio Piattelli, MD, DDS/Roberto Pistilli, MD/Daniela Rita Ippolito, DDS/Massimo Simion, MD, DDS

This issue features a report by Felice et al titled “Interpositional Augmentation Technique in the Treatment of Posterior Mandibular Atrophies: A Retrospective Study Comparing 129 Autogenous and Heterologous Bone Blocks with 2 to 7 Years Follow-Up” presenting long-term follow-up on 129 interpositional bone grafts for implant placement. Often overlooked is the interpositional graft for vertical augmentation, and this report presents evidence to support the use of this therapy. This retrospective report presents three treatment groups, including autogenous iliac crest grafts, deproteinized bovine bone mineral blocks, and collagenated equine bone blocks. Heterologous bone blocks performed with comparable success to autogenous blocks. The mean height of new bone for autogenous grafts was 5.09 ± 1.1 mm, for bovine bone 5.48 ± 1.52 mm, and for equine bone 5.75 ± 1.08 mm. Complications were reported of block removal with wound dehiscences for a small percentage of the population. The report thoroughly reviews the surgical technique.

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