Ameloblastoma is a benign odontogenic tumor but regarded as locally malignant lesion for its local invasiveness. Jaw resection has been the principle treatment of ameloblastoma as the chance of recurrence is extremely high. But the resection of jaw is associated with numbers of complications. To overcome these problems we considered a new concept of conservative surgical approach named “Dredging Method”. The purpose of this method is to eliminate the tumor tissues completely and to achieve normal contour of jaw. This study was performed at Dhaka Dental College and Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh from 1998 to 2011. Among 238 Ameloblastoma patients, 86 were treated by “Dredging Method”. In these 86 patients, 03 patients present with recurrence, 04 patients lost for follow-up and rest of 79 patients having no recurrence and undergoing regular follow-up. Significant result could be achieved by systematic application of “Dredging Method” for the restoration of normal form and function of the jaw as well as prevention of recurrence of the lesion. This present paper elaborate our experience with “Dredging Method” in Bangladesh.
Treatment of ameloblastoma by “Dredging Method” in Bangladeshi patients
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