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


Abstract
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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