Dr. Z., from Ohio, asks:
I am contemplating a research project to determine if one can get alveolar height gains using one of the available allograft materials reinforced with a tacked titanium or platinum mesh over the graft.
My impression is that a lot of the bone loss and graft failure is secondary to micromovement and particulate migration and that this could be circumvented with a rigid "cage" covering the graft. I feel this is similar to the techniques used by Marx for mandibular grafting of continuity defects with autogenous bone particles and titanium mesh. Is anyone immediately aware of a similar study being done? Do you think such a study would be valuable? How about the approach?