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J Korean Assoc Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2011 Jun;37(3):229-233. Korean. Case Report.
Kim SG , Lee HS , Park JW , Nam JH , Bok SC , Park KN , Choi DJ .
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Medicine, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Korea.

For implant treatment there must be sufficient bone to house the implant body. At least 5mm wide residual bone is needed and usually a 6mm width is preferred by clinicians. However, surgeons sometimes find patients with a narrow ridge, which makes it difficult to place an implant. Therefore, many clinicians perform bone graft or a ridge splitting technique to overcome these poor conditions. The time and cost can be reduced using the ridge splitting technique with immediate implant placement. Recently, many studies reported reliable consequences of ridge splitting technique. This paper reports a successful of implant placement with a ridge splitting technique in a very thin alveolar ridge.

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