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A Journal on Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Odontostomatology and Maxillofacial Surgery
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Minerva Stomatologica 2010 October;59(10):571-7

language: English, Italian

Bilateral posterior maxillary segmental osteotomy to rehabilitate edentulous mandibular area: case report

Giannini D., Spinelli G., Ghilardi R., Beccuti M. L., Raffaini M.

1 Maxillo-Facial Surgery, Department of Maxillo-Facial Traumatology, Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy;
2 Dentist, private practitioner


The purpose of this work was to describe a clinical case with reduced vertical height in both the posterior sectors, due to maxillary dento-alveolar extrusion in mandibular edentulous space, as a result of some extractions which have not been promptly replaced by a prosthetic rehabilitation, eventually resolved with a bilateral posterior segmental maxillary osteotomy (PMSO). Our surgical technique was practised under general anesthesia according to Kufner’s version of Schuchardt’s original description. In the light of the present outcomes, in severe clinical cases of dento-alveolar extrusion, the PMSO can be considered the optimal solution, because of the quality and the stability of the final result, the short therapeutic times, the limited morbidity and the modest compliance asked to the patient.

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