Commissioned literature review released

March 6, 2007
American Academy of Periodontology's bone augmentation techniques now available.

CHICAGO--The American Academy of Periodontology has released its commissioned literature review on bone augmentation techniques. The review entitled "Bone Augmentation Techniques" appears in the March issue of the Journal of Periodontology.

The review focuses on different techniques that can be used to reconstruct lost alveolar bone (jaw bone) prior to or after tooth extraction or dental implant placement.

"With dental implants being the preferred method of tooth replacement, practitioners are beginning to see more complex cases where bone augmentation is needed," said Preston D. Miller, DDS, President of the American Academy of Periodontology. "This comprehensive review outlines the situations in which bone augmentation may be needed and offers a great review of different techniques and their proven outcomes."

"It is always important to use an evidence based approach when developing a treatment plan," explained Brad McAllister, DDS, review author. "As new bone augmentation techniques utilizing molecular, cellular and genetic tissue engineering technologies become more mainstream it will be important for practitioners to keep an eye to the latest research on these techniques."

To access a copy of the literature review, visit the academy's Web site.