Implant-induced expansion of atrophic ridges for the placement of implants.
The applicability of endosseous implants is directly related to the topography and quality of the patient’s residual bone. Several techniques have tried to expand the applicability through implant design alterations and surgical techniques for bone augmentation. This article describes an implant-induced bone expansion procedure that facilitates the placement of implants in atrophic alveolar ridges. This procedure expands the cortical plates of the alveolar ridges with or without fracture using wedge-shaped implants and the principles of guided tissue regeneration. The use of implants of larger diameters and the remodeling of the ridge external contour can be achieved with this procedure.