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Duration: 47 minutes, 17 seconds

Author: Dr. Daniel Cullum

Horizontal Bone Augmentation Using the Ridge Expansion Technique


– Dr. Dan Cullum: An Expert in Oral Surgery – Objective of the Technique: Creating Adequate Bone Dimensions for Support and Aesthetics

Understanding the Ridge Expansion Technique

– Definition and Importance of Ridge Expansion – Ideal Candidates: Patients with Diabetes or Medical Complications – Benefits of Ridge Expansion Compared to Other Techniques – Implant Placement in the Same Surgical Procedure

The Process of Ridge Expansion

– Step 1: Making an Osteotomy Cut – Step 2: Separating the Bone Plates to Create a Gap – Step 3: Healing Process and Bone Flap Formation

Specialized Instrumentation for Maxillary Ridge Expansion

– Piezo Surgery: A Revolutionary Tool – Custom-shaped Osteotomes: Enhancing Precision and Efficiency

Advantages of the Ridge Expansion Technique

– Preservation of Viable Bone Flap and Blood Supply – Avoidance of Additional Grafting Materials – Long-term Stability and Aesthetically Pleasing Results – Reduced Surgical Time and Discomfort for Patients

Considerations for Successful Ridge Expansion

– Patient Evaluation and Preoperative Planning – Skill and Experience of the Surgeon – Postoperative Care and Follow-up

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1: Is ridge expansion suitable for all patients?

– A1: Ridge expansion is particularly beneficial for patients with diabetes or other underlying medical conditions.

Q2: How long does it take for the bone flap to heal?

– A2: The healing process varies, but it typically takes several months for the bone flap to fully heal and integrate.

Q3: Are there any risks or complications associated with ridge expansion?

– A3: As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. However, when performed by an experienced professional like Dr. Dan Culum, the risks are minimized.

Q4: Can ridge expansion be combined with other dental procedures?

– A4: Yes, ridge expansion can be combined with other procedures such as dental implant placement to achieve optimal results.

Q5: How long does the entire ridge expansion process take?

– A5: The duration of the procedure depends on various factors, including the complexity of the case. Dr. Dan Cullum will assess each patient individually and provide an estimated timeline.


– Horizontal bone augmentation using the ridge expansion technique is a valuable approach for creating adequate bone dimensions in patients requiring dental implants. With the expertise of Dr. Dan Cullum and the precision of specialized instrumentation, patients can expect long-term stability and aesthetically pleasing results. Ridge expansion offers numerous advantages, including preservation of the bone flap and reduced reliance on grafting materials. By following proper preoperative evaluation, meticulous surgical techniques, and comprehensive postoperative care, successful ridge expansion can be achieved, leading to improved oral health and patient satisfaction.

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