Surgical Design for Dental Reconstruction with Implants

Author : Martin Chin

Edition : 1st Edition

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The purpose of this book is to demonstrate a strategy to improve the outcome of oral and maxillofacial reconstruction by combining the developed principles of neurophysiology and tissue engineering with an integrated surgical and laboratory technique. This book should be of special interest to surgical physicians and conservatives. The surgical principles presented in subsequent chapters apply equally to dental implant surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons, and craniofacial surgeons. 

Current surgical texts present solutions to clinical problems in terms of anatomy. Normalizing the appearance of the deformity creates a vehicle for establishing function. However, many thoughtful observers have assumed that the relationship between form and function is more complex than just anatomical structure. Wolff first identified the relationship between form and function and suggested that some mechanism promotes the creation of structural units in response to the demands placed on them. Moss proposed functional matrix theory, citing the dependence of skeletal development on the soft tissue of the input. 

Harold attempted to define the parameters that, if met, would be successful in forming the skeleton of the face. Each of the above theories proposes that external, distant processes determine how a skeletal structure is formed and maintained. What is lacking is a method of combining subjective findings that researchers have made about the principles of growth and development with the objective process of surgery. This goal is particularly challenging because modern patients demand precise results that are at the threshold of surgical tolerance.

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