Outcomes of Alveolar Ridge Preservation With Recombinant Human Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2: A Systematic Review

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The main focused question of this systematic review was as follows: Does the application of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) placed in extraction sockets reduce the alveolar ridge changes?


A systematic literature search was performed up to February 2017. Clinical studies published in English were included. Outcome variables of interest were as follows: changes in alveolar ridge width and height, the quality of new bone, patient's safety, adverse events, and postoperative complications.


Seven articles were included. Because of the vast heterogeneity and high risk of bias among the studies, performing a meta-analysis deemed not feasible. Application of rhBMP-2 in the extraction socket was more effective in the reduction of ridge width compared with that of ridge height. The superiority of 1.5 mg/mL rhBMP-2/absorbable collagen sponge over the carrier alone on alveolar ridge width/height remodeling was more significant when it was applied in the sockets with ≥50% buccal bone dehiscence. The limited available data showed that rhBMP-2 did not improve the quality of new bone. Antibodies against rhBMP-2 were detected in the serum in 1 trial.


Within the limits of this review, 1.5 mg/mL rhBMP-2 might be beneficial for preserving the alveolar ridge width within extraction sockets given as to whether the cost-effectiveness is justifiable. Studies with lower risk of bias should be performed to confirm the above findings.

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