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J Korean Assoc Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2015 Apr;41(2):109-115. English. Case Report.
Lee J , Lee EY , Park EJ , Kim ES .
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dankook University Jukjeon Dental Hospital, Yongin, Korea.
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Chungbuk National University College of Medicine, Cheongju, Korea.
Department of Prosthodontics, Ewha Womans University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Odontoma is the most common odontogenic benign tumor, and the treatment of choice is generally surgical removal. After excision, bone grafts may be necessary depending on the need for further treatment, or the size and location of the odontoma. Although the osteogenic capacity of a demineralized tooth was verified as early as 1967 by Urist and many other investigators, the cumbersome procedure, including a long demineralization time, may be less than comfortable for clinicians. A modified ultrasonic technology, with periodic negative pressure and temperature control, facilitated rapid and aseptic preparation of demineralized teeth for bone grafts. This approach reduces the demineralization time dramatically (< or =80 minutes), so that the graft material can be prepared chairside on the same day as the extraction. The purpose of this article is to describe two cases of large compound odonotomas used as graft material prepared chairside for enucleation-induced bony defects. These two clinical cases showed favorable wound healing without complications, and good bony support for future dental implants or orthodontic treatment. Finally, this report will suggest the possibility of recycling the benign pathologic hard tissue as an alternative treatment option for conventional bone grafts in clinics.

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