Vertical mandibular alveolar bone distraction and dental implant placement: a case report

J Oral Implantol. 2006;32(3):137-41. doi: 10.1563/749.1.


Extensive bone defects complicate the adequate placement of dental implants and the required angulation. In such cases, alveolar-ridge augmentation techniques such as guided bone regeneration, particulate or block grafting, and alveolar bone distraction are needed. The present study describes a case in which a large vertical bone defect in the anterior mandibular zone was corrected via vertical alveolar bone distraction. Six dental implants were posteriorly placed for implant-supported restoration of the mandible, with early implant loading. The clinical and radiologic control showed good implant and soft tissue conditions 12 months later.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alveolar Ridge Augmentation / methods*
  • Dental Implantation, Endosseous / methods*
  • Dental Prosthesis, Implant-Supported*
  • Dental Stress Analysis
  • Denture, Complete, Lower
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mandible / surgery*
  • Osteogenesis, Distraction*
  • Vertical Dimension
  • Vestibuloplasty