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BioMed Research International
Volume 2016, Article ID 5126838, 12 pages
Clinical Study

Alveolar Ridge Reconstruction with Titanium Meshes and Simultaneous Implant Placement: A Retrospective, Multicenter Clinical Study

1Faculty of Dental Medicine, University of Oporto, Rua Manuel Pereira da Silva, 4200-393 Oporto, Portugal
2Private Practice, Gamero #504, 2840941 Rancagua, Chile
3EasyPlant Dental Clinic, Seo-Gu, Gwangju 4455, Republic of Korea
4Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Lithuanian University of Health Science, LT-44307 Kaunas, Lithuania
5Private Practice, 345 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11223, USA

Received 30 September 2016; Accepted 18 October 2016

Academic Editor: Eitan Mijiritsky

Copyright © 2016 Raquel Zita Gomes et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To evaluate horizontal bone gain and implant survival and complication rates in patients treated with titanium meshes placed simultaneously with dental implants and fixed over them. Methods. Twenty-five patients treated with 40 implants and simultaneous guided bone regeneration with titanium meshes (i–Gen®, MegaGen, Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea) were selected for inclusion in the present retrospective multicenter study. Primary outcomes were horizontal bone gain and implant survival; secondary outcomes were biological and prosthetic complications. Results. After the removal of titanium meshes, the CBCT evaluation revealed a mean horizontal bone gain of 3.67 mm (±0.89). The most frequent complications were mild postoperative edema (12/25 patients: 48%) and discomfort after surgery (10/25 patients: 40%); these complications were resolved within one week. Titanium mesh exposure occurred in 6 patients (6/25 : 24%): one of these suffered partial loss of the graft and another experienced complete graft loss and implant failure. An implant survival rate of 97.5% (implant-based) and a peri-implant marginal bone loss of 0.43 mm (±0.15) were recorded after 1 year. Conclusions. The horizontal ridge reconstruction with titanium meshes placed simultaneously with dental implants achieved predictable satisfactory results. Prospective randomized controlled trials on a larger sample of patients are required to validate these positive outcomes.