Mandibular resection and reconstruction in the management of extensive ameloblastoma

Bernardo Bianchi, Andrea Ferri, Silvano Ferrari, Massimiliano Leporati, Chiara Copelli, Teore Ferri, Enrico Sesenna

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Purpose: To present our experience with the management of 31 extensive mandibular ameloblastomas treated with segmental mandibulectomy, reconstruction with free fibula or iliac crest flap, and rehabilitation with immediate or delayed endosteal dental implants. Patients and Methods: The study sample comprised 31 patients with histologically confirmed mandibular ameloblastomas. Primary ameloblastomas were treated in 23 patients, and recurrent ameloblastomas affected 8 patients. Mandibular defect sizes ranged from 3.5 to 12.5 cm (mean, 5.6 cm). A free fibula osseous or osteocutaneous flap was used 17 times for reconstruction; in the remaining 14, a free iliac crest osseous or osteomuscular flap was chosen. Dental implants were positioned in 25 patients; implant procedures were performed simultaneously with reconstruction in 21 cases. Results: All flaps were transplanted successfully, and no major complication occurred postoperatively. Final histologic examinations showed 27 multicystic and 4 unicystic ameloblastomas. Free margins were achieved in all patients. The duration of follow-up was 18 to 120 months (mean, 53.6 months). No patient showed clinical or radiologic signs of recurrence. The dental implant success rate was 100%. Conclusions: Segmental mandibular resection followed by immediate defect reconstruction with bone-containing free flaps with immediate dental implant placement should be considered as the treatment of choice for extensive mandibular ameloblastomas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)528-537
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery


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