Volume 15, Number 3, September 2003

Measurement of Labio-lingual Bone Thickness in the Mandibular Interforaminal Region: a Pilot Cadaveric Study

Yuki Uchida,1 Koichiro Ihara,1 Michio Shikimori,1 Masaaki Goto,1 Toshio Akiyoshi2

1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and 2Department of Anatomy, Saga Medical School, Nabeshima, Saga, Japan

Objective: To measure the labio-lingual bone thickness in the mandibular interforaminal region to facilitate safe implant placement in Asian patients.
Patients and Methods: Labio-lingual bone thicknesses were measured at 16 points in the interforaminal region of mandibles from 10 Japanese cadavers.
Results: Mean thickness ranged from 9.23 to 11.80 mm with a minimal value of 5.23 mm in the midline region. No significant difference was noted between dentate and edentulous specimens.
Conclusion: The thinnest region is medially located and is narrower than the minimum required for a 3.75 mm diameter endosseous implant.

Key words:
Endosseous implant, Mandible, Thickness

Asian J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2003;15:194-198.
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