Static and dynamic periosteal elevation: a pilot study in a pig model

Iulia C. Tudor, Lars Bumiller, Torsten Birkholz, P. Stockmann, Joerg Wiltfang, P. Kessler*

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The osteoinductive potential of periosteum and bone can be stimulated by elevating the periosteum in a distraction-like modus, but also by an ad-hoc elevation. This was tested and proved in an experiment in 9 Goettingen mini-pigs with elevation heights of 5, 10 and 15 mm. Specially designed and perforated titanium meshes were implanted subperiosteally to compare the dynamic elevation procedure with static shielding. The cumulative results for bone formation underneath the mesh were 66% in dynamic and 67% in non-dynamic elevation. The cumulative results for mineralization of the bone regenerates in comparison with the underlying basal bone of the skull showed independently from the technique applied no difference bigger than 5%. No major difference in bone formation could be observed in this pilot study. The main advantages of dynamic periosteal elevation and static shielding are minimal invasion and morbidity. Periosteal elevation could be applied in cranio-maxillofacial surgery, in preimplantological augmentation and in reconstructive surgery of the skull; applications in other specialties may be possible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)897-903
JournalInternational Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010


  • augmentation
  • osteoinduction
  • reconstruction
  • shielding

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