Preoperative Alveolar Segment Position as a Predictor of Successful Gingivoperiosteoplasty in Patients with Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate

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Background:Gingivoperiosteoplasty can avoid secondary alveolar bone grafting in up to 60 percent of patients with a cleft. However, preoperative predictors of success have not been characterized. This study reports on the preoperative alveolar segment position most favorable for successful gingivoperiosteoplasty.Methods:The authors performed a single-institution, retrospective review of patients with a unilateral cleft who underwent nasoalveolar molding. Alveolar segment morphology was directly measured from maxillary dental models created before and after nasoalveolar molding. Statistical analysis was performed to identify parameters associated with the decision to perform gingivoperiosteoplasty and its success, defined as the absence of an eventual need for alveolar bone grafting.Results:Fifty patients with a unilateral cleft who received nasoalveolar molding therapy were included in this study (40 underwent gingivoperiosteoplasty and 10 did not). Eighteen alveolar morphology and position characteristics were tested, including cleft gap width, horizontal and vertical positions of the alveolar segments, alveolar stepoff, and degree of alveolar segment apposition. Post–nasoalveolar molding vertical rotation of the greater segment and the percentage of segment alignment in the correct anatomical zone were statistically significant predictors of the decision to perform gingivoperiosteoplasty (86 percent predictive power). Cleft gap, greater/lesser segment overlap, alveolar segment alignment, greater segment horizontal rotation, and alveolar segment width following nasoalveolar molding were significant predictors of gingivoperiosteoplasty success (86.5 percent predictive power).Conclusions:Greater segment vertical rotation and proper alveolar segment anatomical alignment are positive predictors of the decision to perform gingivoperiosteoplasty. Post–nasoalveolar molding evidence of proper alignment and direct contact between the alveolar segments were significant predictors of successful gingivoperiosteoplasty.CLINICAL QUESTION/LEVEL OF EVIDENCE:Risk, III.

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