Titanium mesh and autogenous bone graft was first introduced by Boyne in 1969, and was re-introduced by Von Arx and others in 1996 as the TIME technique. It is characterized by the use of microtitanium augmentation mesh. Although this technique is widely used for alveolar ridge augmentation, data in the literature regarding the amount of bone gain and the comparison with other augmentation technique is still not sufficient.
In a study of Dr. Tetsu Takahashi, the use of titanium mesh for alveolar ridge augmentation in atrophic jaws was evaluated in the overall success rate, magnitude of ridge augmentation and the rate of complications. Several complication can occur, but most of the trouble are not influenced by the implant treatment results. The results demonstrate that autogenous bone graft with titanium mesh has shown enough alveolar bone reconstruction quantitatively and qualitatively for the implant placement.
Dr. Tetsu Takahashi’s study showed new concept of bone augmentation, periosteal expansion osteogenesis using titanium mesh and guidelines of the technique in the used of alveolar ridge reconstruction.
Professor Takahashi is currently the Professor and Chairman of the Second Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Kyushu Dental College. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery and PhD in Microbiology and Oral Surgery from Tohoku University in Sendai Japan.
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