Minimally Invasive Alveolar Ridge Augmentation Procedure (Tunneling Technique) Using rhPDGF-BB in Combination with Three Matrices: A Case Series
This study investigated a minimally invasive surgical procedure for alveolar ridge augmentation that combined recombinant human platelet-derived growth factor BB (rhPDGF-BB) and three different matrices. The minimally invasive tunneling ridge augmentation procedure was applied to 12 patients randomized into three groups: rhPDGF-BB (0.3 mg/mL) was combined with freeze-dried bone allograft (FDBA; group A), anorganic bovine bone graft (ABBG; group B), or anorganic bovine bone graft/mineralized collagen bone substitute (ABBG/MCBS; group C). Computed tomography (CT) scans were obtained presurgically and prior to 14-week re-entry surgery. Clinical reentry revealed adequate bone volume to place implants in all patients in groups A and B and two of four patients in group C.