In a recent article in the J. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (71: 1843-1851, 2013), Finland surgeons described regeneration of extremely atrophic (thin) mandibles using a modified tent pole technique. Bone can often be regenerated if you can keep soft tissue collapse from occurring during the healing process. Traditional the techniques uses bone screws and membranes to maintain the space needed for bone to form. In this article, the surgeons used dental implants. The amazing thing of their results was that there was only an average resorption rate of .78 mm for five years.
John Freeman MD, DDS, FACS provides guided bone regeneration, dental block grafting, sinus lift augmentation, socket augmentation and a host of dental bone grafting techniques for the Houston community.