A Novel Surgical Technique for Augmented Corticotomy-Assisted Orthodontics: Bone Grafting With Periosteum

J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2016 Jan;74(1):170-80. doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2015.06.147. Epub 2015 Jun 17.


Purpose: To introduce grafting fixed with the periosteum (dumpling technique) as an alternative surgical technique for augmented corticotomy-assisted orthodontics in the lower anterior region and evaluate the preliminary outcomes.

Materials and methods: Eleven patients (9 women, 2 men; mean age, 21.4 yr) with a thin alveolus or alveolar defect in the lower anterior region by clinical and radiographic examination underwent an augmented corticotomy using the new dumpling technique. Cone-beam computerized tomography was used to evaluate morphologic changes of the lower anterior ridge before treatment (T0) and 1 week (T1) and 6 months (T2) after the bone-augmentation procedure. Repeated-measures analysis of variance with Bonferroni multiple-comparison test was used to compare variables at each time point.

Results: No severe postsurgical complications occurred in any patient. The mean alveolar bone thickness of the labial plate increased from T0 to T1 (P < .001) and decreased from T1 to T2 (P < .001). However, compared with T0, there was still a significant increase in horizontal bone thickness at T2 (P < .05). The vertical alveolar bone level increased from T0 to T1 (P < .001) and was maintained from T1 to T2 (P > .05). No significant differences were found in root length of the lower anterior teeth at these 3 time points (P > .05).

Conclusions: In this preliminary study, the dumpling technique for augmented corticotomy-assisted surgical orthodontics showed alveolar bone augmentation by increasing the vertical alveolar height and the horizontal bone thickness in the labial aspect of the anterior mandibular area. However, long-term follow-up is necessary.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alveolar Process / diagnostic imaging
  • Alveolar Ridge Augmentation / methods*
  • Autografts / transplantation
  • Bone Substitutes / therapeutic use
  • Bone Transplantation / methods*
  • Collagen
  • Cone-Beam Computed Tomography / methods
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mandible / diagnostic imaging
  • Mandible / surgery*
  • Membranes, Artificial
  • Minerals / therapeutic use
  • Orthodontics, Corrective / methods*
  • Osteotomy / methods*
  • Periosteum / surgery*
  • Piezosurgery / methods
  • Suture Techniques
  • Tooth Root / diagnostic imaging
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult


  • Bio-Gide
  • Bio-Oss
  • Bone Substitutes
  • Membranes, Artificial
  • Minerals
  • Collagen