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J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2000 Sep;58(9):942-8; discussion 949.

Spontaneous bone regeneration after enucleation of large mandibular cysts: a radiographic computed analysis of 27 consecutive cases.

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Department of Dentistry and Stomatology, San Paolo Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of Milano, Italy. matteo.chiapasco@unimi.it

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study evaluated the spontaneous bone healing after enucleation of large mandibular cysts subjectively and with a computed analysis of postoperative panoramic radiographs.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Twenty-nine patients had large mandibular cysts treated by surgical enucleation. Postoperative clinical and radiographic examinations were performed at 6, 12, and 24 months in 27 patients. Bone regeneration and reduction of the residual cavities and bone density were evaluated with a computed analysis of preoperative and postoperative panoramic radiographs. A subjective and clinical radiographic evaluation of the healing process also was performed.

RESULTS:

Uneventful healing and spontaneous filling of the residual cavities was obtained in all cases. The computed analysis of the postoperative radiographs showed mean values of reduction in size of the residual cavity of 12.34% after 6 months, 43.46% after 12 months, and 81.30% after 24 months. The increase in bone density was 37% after 6 months, 48.27% after 12 months, and 91.01% after 24 months.

CONCLUSION:

Spontaneous bone regeneration can occur in large mandibular cysts without the aid of any filling materials. This simplifies the surgical procedure, decreases the economic and biologic costs, and reduces the risk of postoperative complications.

PMID:
10981973
DOI:
10.1053/joms.2000.8732
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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