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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 463-466

A novel modification of the sagittal split osteotomy as an access osteotomy

1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, M. R. Ambedkar Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru, India
2 Department of Dentistry, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Vananchal Dental College and Hospital, Garhwa, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

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Dr. Preeti Satish
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, M. R. Ambedkar Dental College and Hospital, 1/36 Cline Road, Balaji Layout, Cooke Town, Bengaluru - 560 004, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/ams.ams_264_19

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Pathologies present in the central zone of the mandible are difficult to access, primarily because of the presence of the inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) and the need to remove a large corticocancellous component to reach the area of interest. Many times, this bony window is replaced as a free graft and there is complete resorption in the long term or even rejection of the graft causing a bony defect which can weaken the mandible. Furthermore, the damage to the IAN is profound. To try and avoid these comorbidities the traditional sagittal split osteotomy was modified to access a central osteoma impinging on the IAN and the successful removal of the same without any comorbidities such as paraesthesia or loss of bone structure. We believe that this modification can be used for other scenarios such as benign cysts and difficult presentations of impacted teeth.

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