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Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1998 Dec;27(6):445-7.

Alveolar bone growth in response to endosteal implants in two patients with ectodermal dysplasia.

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  • 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Texas Medical Center, Houston, USA.


The occurrence of alveolar bone growth after placement of endosteal mandibular implants in two edentulous children is reported. The fact that alveolar bone growth occurred in the absence of natural teeth suggests that its growth and preservation is dependent upon biomechanical factors rather than the presence of teeth, as is traditionally thought.

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