Minimally-Invasive Bone Grafting of an Atrophic Ridge
When possible and indicated, minimally-invasive bone grafting techniques provide such great benefits for our patients: less pain, less edema, less complications, and a faster recovery and road back to work or school. No-it's not for every case. A single vertical incision is used to create a subperiosteal tunnel with access to the horizontally deficient ridge. Both horizontal and vertical augmentation can be achieved with this approach. In this case, xenogeneic bone with rhPDGF-BB was used and is quite effective if the purpose is to develop better buccal contour and soft tissue support while the implant is placed within mostly native bone. The alternative approach is to use mixed autogenous particulate bone with Xenogeneic bone (50-50 mixture) which offer more benefits in more severely resorbed ridges where the implant position requires better quality of bone for integration and stability.