Alveolar bone grafting in unilateral complete cleft lip and palate patients.

K. T. Chen, C. S. Huang, S. M. Noordhoff

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Autogenous bone graft of an alveolar cleft area has the following advantages: (1) assistance in the closure of buccoalveolar oronasal fistula; (2) provision of bony support for unerupted teeth and teeth adjacent to the cleft; (3) formation of a continuous alveolar ridge to facilitate orthodontic correction of malocclusion; (4) supporting the nostril floor and alar base to improve nasal aesthetics. It has been well accepted in most craniofacial centers as routine procedure in cleft lip and palate rehabilitation. A new surgical technique for alveolar bone grafting has been introduced to the Chang Gung Craniofacial Center since July 1991. It provided a good exposure of the alveolar cleft, primary closure of the fistula and adequate volume of bone graft. A review of 27 consecutive alveolar bone grafting procedures performed in unilateral cleft lip and palate patients from July 1991 to June 1992 was presented. Patients have been followed up for at least 6 months. The alveolar bone graft was evaluated clinically and radiologically at one week, six months and one year after the surgery. The preliminary results indicated that the new surgical technique produced less chance of recurrent fistula, good postoperative gingival height, and improvement of nasal aesthetics. Based on the results of this new study we strongly advocate the use of this new surgical technique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-234
Number of pages9
JournalChanggeng yi xue za zhi / Changgeng ji nian yi yuan = Chang Gung medical journal / Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1994
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Medicine


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