Safe zone for bone harvesting from the interforaminal region of the mandible

Al-Ani, O.; Nambiar, P.; Ha, K.O.; Ngeow, W.C. (2011) Safe zone for bone harvesting from the interforaminal region of the mandible. Clinical Oral Implants Research. ISSN 09057161 (ISSN)

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    Aims: The mandibular incisive nerve can be subjected to iatrogenic injury during bone graft harvesting. Using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), this study aims to determine a safe zone for bone graft harvesting that avoids injuring this nerve. Methods: Sixty CBCT examinations of patients were included in this study. The examinations were taken using the i-CAT CBCT imaging system, applying a standardized exposure protocol. Image reconstruction from the raw data was performed using the SimPlant dental implant software. The distances of mandibular incisive canal (MIC) to the inferior border and the labial and lingual cortices of the mandible were measured at 3, 5, 7 and 9 mm mesial to the mental foramen. Results: The MIC was visible in all (100) CBCT images. The median distance and interquartile range from the lower border of the mandible was 9.86 (2.51) mm, curving downwards toward the inferior mandibular border at the symphysis menti. It was located closer to the buccal border of the mandible (3.15 1.28 mm) than lingual cortex (4.78 2.0 mm). The MIC curves toward the lingual side at the symphysis menti. There was gender difference in a number of these measurements. Current recommendation for chin bone graft harvesting can be applied to Asian subjects. Conclusions: While acknowledging that there is human variability, this study provides an accurate anatomic location of the MIC, which in turn helps to determine a safe zone for chin bone graft harvesting. This information can become a useful guide in centers where CBCT is not available. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

    Item Type: Article
    1. Al-Ani, O.
    2. Nambiar, P.
    3. Ha, K.O.
    4. Ngeow, W.C.(Univ. Malaya)
    Journal or Publication Title: Clinical Oral Implants Research
    Additional Information: Export Date: 7 March 2012 Source: Scopus Article in Press Language of Original Document: English Correspondence Address: Ngeow, W.C.; Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Faculty of Dentistry University of MalayaKuala Lumpur Memail:
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Clinical assessment Diagnosis Imaging Morphometric analysis Radiology
    Subjects: R Medicine
    R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
    R Medicine > RK Dentistry
    Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry > Dept of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Depositing User: Dr Wei Cheong Ngeow
    Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2012 09:23
    Last Modified: 27 Mar 2012 09:23

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