|Year : 2011 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 78-83
Pre prosthetic reconstruction of alveolar ridge
Prabhuji Munivenkatappa Lakshmaiahenkatesh1, Madhupreetha Sulegai Suryaprakash2, Karthikeyan Bangalore Varadan1, Shobha Rajanna3
1 Department of Periodontics, Krishnadevaraya College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Bangalore, India
2 Department of Periodontics, V. S. Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore, India
3 Department of Periodontics, M R Ambedkar Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore, India
|Date of Web Publication||21-Nov-2013|
Department of Periodontics, M. R. Ambedkar Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
| Abstract|| |
Dento-alveolar bony defects are common and occur due to a variety of causes, such as, pulpal pathology, traumatic tooth extraction, advanced periodontal disease, implant failure, tumor or congenital anomalies. These defects often cause a significant problem in dental treatment and rehabilitation. Many techniques exist for effective soft and hard tissue augmentation. The approach is largely based on the extent of the defect and specific procedures to be performed for the implant or prosthetic rehabilitation. This article presents case reports of soft and hard tissue ridge augmentation.
Keywords: Alloplast, autogenous bone graft, onlay graft, ridge augmentation
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Lakshmaiahenkatesh PM, Suryaprakash MS, Varadan KB, Rajanna S. Pre prosthetic reconstruction of alveolar ridge. J Int Clin Dent Res Organ 2011;3:78-83
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| Introduction|| |
In order to satisfy the ideal goals of implant dentistry, the hard and soft tissues need to present ideal volumes and quality. The alveolar process is often affected after tooth loss by a continuous resorptive process and has been seen to follow a predictable pattern, i.e., the labial aspect of the alveolar crest is the principal site of resorption, which first reduces in width and later in height. , The magnitude of bone loss is estimated to be 40-60% during the first 3 years following tooth loss and thereafter it decreases to 0.25-0.5% annually.  Problems associated with local alveolar ridge defects include both aesthetic and functional problems. 
- Loss of papillae, formation of open interdental spaces.
- Loss of buccal contour.
- Unaesthetic gingival texture.
- Phonetic problem.
- Food impaction beneath the pontic.
On account of an improved understanding of biomechanic requirements for long-term prosthesis survival and the increasing use of implants in aesthetic restoration, ridge reconstruction before implant placement has become a necessary procedure for a number of edentulous patients. A majority of the anterior maxillary areas are presented with inadequate bone and soft tissue, requiring both bone and soft tissue augmentation. 
| Classification Of Ridge Defects|| |
Based on the location of the deformity
Seibert 1983  classified ridge defects as:
Class I - Buccolingual loss of tissue with normal apico coronal ridge height.
Class II - Apico coronal loss of tissue with normal buccolingual ridge width.
Class III - Combination of both buccolingual and apico coronal loss (both width and height).
Allen and co-workers 1985, modified Seibert's original classification
Type A - Apico coronal loss of ridge contour.
Type B - Buccolingual loss of ridge contour.
Type C - Combination of both buccolingual and apico coronal loss.
Procedures used for correction of localized alveolar ridge defects 
I Non-surgical methods
- Overcoming the ridge defect with tooth colored pontic
- Palatally inclined design of pontic. 
- Long pontic design. 
- Covering the defect by imitation of the missing soft tissue 
- Pink ceramic in the cervical portion of the pontic.
- Removable tooth mask made of pink silicone material.
II Surgical methods
- Soft tissue procedures ,,
- Full thickness free gingival grafts (Onlay graft). 
- Subepithelial connective tissue graft: Free graft /Pouch
- graft. ,,
- Pedicle graft - Roll flap. 
- AlloDerm. 
- Osseous ridge augmentation procedures
- Interpositional Bone Graft 
- Guided bone regeneration with membrane alone. ,
- Combination of membrane and bone graft. 
- Ridge expansion techniques. ,,
- Alveolar distraction osteogenesis. ,
| Case Reports|| |
A 45-year-old male was referred to the Department of Periodontics, Krishnadevaraya College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, for ridge augmentation, prior to fixed partial denture replacement. The medical history was non-contributory. The dental history revealed loss of mandibular anteriors due to trauma, six months back. A periodontal examination revealed chronic generalized gingivitis. Evaluation of the edentulous space revealed Siebert's class III ridge defect i.e., loss in height and width of the alveolar ridge [Figure 1]a. In order to create an emergence profile and soft tissue contour around the fixed partial denture, we considered this case for soft tissue augmentation using a free gingival onlay graft harvested from the palate.
Clinically, there was a Siebert class III defect in the mandibular anterior region measuring about 3 mm in height and width. [Figure 1]a and b. Hence, this patient was treated with soft tissue ridge augmentation, by using an onlay graft from the palate.
Prior to the surgery, patient was asked to rinse with 10 ml of 0.2% chlorhexidine, for a period of one minute and local anesthesia was administered. A no. 15 B.P blade was used to de- epithelize the recipient site extending from the mesial aspect of the left mandibular canine to the mesial aspect of the right mandibular canine region [Figure 1]c. The margins of the recipient site were beveled. Hemostasis was obtained with a surgical gauze moistened with saline. A template was made with a tin foil.
Donor site (Hard palate) [Figure 1]d and e
Local anesthesia was administered. The template taken from the recipient site was adapted to the palatal region. The incision extended from the mesial of the second premolar to the edentulous area of the maxillary first molar midway between the gingival margin and the midline raphae. A free gingival onlay graft measuring 4 mm in height and width was harvested from the palatal region. Hemostasis was obtained. The onlay graft was placed over the recipient site and stabilized using sutures. [Figure 1]f and periodontal dressing was placed.
Postoperative instructions were given to the patient. Home instructions included twice daily 0.2% chlorhexidine mouth rinse for a period of two weeks. Postoperative antibiotics and analgesics were prescribed (Amoxicillin 500 mg thrice daily for 5 days and Combiflam thrice daily for 3 days). The sutures were removed 15 days after the surgery, and the patient presented with uneventful wound healing. Monthly follow-up appointments were scheduled for a three-month period [Figure 1]g. Following 3 months of uneventful graft healing permanent FPD was given.
A 25-year-old male was referred to the Department of Periodontics, Krishnadevaraya College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, by the Department of Prosthodontics, for ridge augmentation, prior to prosthetic rehabilitation with dental implants. The medical history was non-contributory. The dental history revealed loss of maxillary central incisors due to periodontal disease one month back. Evaluation of the edentulous space revealed Siebert class III ridge defect i.e., loss in height and width of the alveolar ridge [Figure 2]a. In order to place an implant, the ridge defect was planned to be corrected using Guided bone regeneration technique using hydroxyapatite bone graft (Bone-medik) TM with a resorbable collagen (Heali-guide) TM membrane.
Prior to the surgery, investigations included periapical radiographs and pre-operative study models were made to evaluate the ridge shape, height, width, and interocclusal relationships [Figure 2]b, c. Investigations revealed loss in height and width of the alveolar ridge. Hence, this patient was treated for hard tissue augmentation by using hydroxyapatite bone graft (Bone - medik) TM with a resorbable collagen membrane (Heali-guide) TM
Prior to the surgery, patient was asked to rinse with 10 ml of 0.2% chlorhexidine, for a period of one minute. Local anesthesia was administered. A no. 15 scalpel blade was used to give a crestal incision, extending from the mesial aspect of the left maxillary lateral incisor to the mesial aspect of the right maxillary lateral incisor, over the defect. Two vertical releasing incisions were made and a full thickness mucoperiosteal flap was reflected [Figure 2]d and e, hemostasis was obtained and alloplast graft material (Bone - medik) TM was placed over the deformity [Figure 2] and covered with resorbable collagen membrane (Heali-Guide) TM [Figure 2]. The flap was placed back in position and sutured. [Figure 2], and periodontal dressing was placed [Figure 2]. Post-operative instructions were given to the patient. Post-operative antibiotics and analgesics were prescribed (Amoxicillin 500 mg thrice daily for 5 days and Ibuprofen thrice daily for 3 days) and twice daily 0.2% chlorhexidine mouth rinse for a period of two weeks was recommended. The sutures were removed 15 days after the surgery, and the patient presented with uneventful wound healing. Monthly follow-up appointments were scheduled for a period of six-month IOPA and postoperative models after six months showing improvement in ridge contour [Figure 2] j, [Figure 2].
| Discussion|| |
Soft tissue onlay grafts were designed mainly to augment ridge defects in the apico coronal plane. They are indicated in Seibert's class I and III defects and contraindicated in areas of compromised vascular supply.  Meltzer 1979, published the first clinical report on using a soft tissue graft, solely to correct an anterior vertical ridge defect. Seibert 1983; developed a free gingival onlay graft using the palate as a donor area. 
In the present case, soft tissue augmentation has been done using a free gingival onlay graft from the palatal region. The results have shown an increase in the ridge height and width at the end of a three-month follow-up. ,
Bone augmentation techniques may be used for the horizontal ridge augmentation, vertical ridge augmentation, and sinus augmentation. To maximize the results for each of these applications, a variety of different techniques are employed. They include particulate grafting, membrane use, block grafting, and distraction osteogenesis, guided bone regeneration either alone or in combination. Guided bone regeneration was introduced by Hurley in 1959 when cell-occlusive membranes were employed for spinal fusions. GBR is based on the same principles as GTR. GBR refers to the promotion of bone formation alone. A predictable intraoral GBR approach was developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s; it has become a predictable surgical methodology to enhance new bone formation in peri-implant bone deficiencies and alveolar ridge augmentation. A variety of bone grafts and non-resorbable and bioabsorbable barrier membranes has been used in bone augmentation with the GBR concept.  Use of alloplast bone grafts hydroxyapatite and resorbable collagen membranes have shown predictable results.
In the second case, ridge augmentation was performed using alloplast graft material (Bone-medik)TM with a resorbable collagen barrier membrane (Heali-guide)TM; the patient was followed up for a period of six months. The clinical and radiographic examination has revealed adequate bone width, which was favorable for further restoration with an implant. These findings are in agreement with the results of previous investigations in which hydroxyapatite and collagen membranes were used for ridge augmentation procedures (Periklis Proussaefs 2003, Frank Peter Strietzel 1986, Frame JW 1987, Jae Eun Chung 2008). ,,,,,,,,,,
| Conclusion|| |
Careful diagnosis and surgical-prosthetic treatment planning with joint consultation prior to surgery should be performed in order to attain optimal esthetic results. Various techniques exist for correction of a deformed ridge. Correction of a localized ridge defect with soft tissue augmentation is a valuable method for fixed prosthodontic therapy. It not only improves the mucogingival aesthetics of the pontic region, but also prevents phonetic problems; and with the advent of osseointegration and implant therapy, hard tissue augmentation with bone grafts is more predictable.
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