Introduction: Vertical lengthening by distraction osteogenesis has been widely used for reconstruction of dentoalveolar defects. However if bone height between the alveolar crest and the anatomical structures is insufficient, performing an appropriate osteotomy and placement of distractors in desired position is impossible. In such cases an alternative distraction method by sagittal lengthening of the alveolar crest is presented.
Case reports: In the presented case series partially edentulous four patients with inadequate bone height for performing vertical distraction osteogenesis were treated by this alternative method. Following latent and consolidation period rehabilitation with implant supported prosthesis was also performed. Implants were functioning well without any significant clinical finding.
Conclusion: Alveolar transport distraction osteogenesis method is a convenient treatment modality for insufficient vertical alveolar defects.
Conflict of interest: None declared.