What are my options for bone grafting?
Depending on the extent of your bone loss, your dentist might choose to graft either before or at the time of implant placement. The extent of bone loss
will also help to determine what type of bone graft material is used – a bone block for more extensive procedures or ground bone (particulate) which is most
What are the types of materials that are used for dental bone grafting?
The sources of material include:
• Autograft – from your body
• Allograft – from a human donor
• Xenograft – from an animal source
• Synthetic – manufactured
There are advantages and disadvantages associated with each type of material.
Some dentists choose autograft – removing tissue from another part of your own body – but that requires an extra surgical site and can be painful.
Synthetic materials have been thoroughly researched as substitutes to autograft. They support bone formation over time, but can remain in your body longer and it may take more time for new bone to develop.
Xenograft supports new bone formation, but takes a longer period of time to be replaced by new bone.
Allografts have shown to be an excellent substitute to eliminate the need for harvesting bone from your own body. Much like an organ transplant, allograft bone is most similar to your own bone, but without the need for an additional surgical site.
Where does the allograft tissue come from?
Allograft bone is donated to enhance the quality of life of others. It is a voluntary donation made after death with consent given by the donor or the donor’s family.
Prior to being accepted for processing, all donations are put through a stringent screening process, which includes a review of medical and hospital records,
family interviews, the collection of other relevant information and laboratory testing. The bone is recovered through a surgical procedure designed to respect the donor.
How can I be sure the allograft material is safe?
Straumann has a commercial partnership with LifeNet Health®, the worldwide leader in organ and tissue transplantation. Through this partnership, Straumann
AlloGraft is backed by a 30-year history in recovery and processing services, with a sterling reputation in the industry. To date*, allograft tissues processed with
LifeNet Health technology have not been linked to any reported instances of disease transmission.
What are the other options?
Synthetic and xenograft materials have also been thoroughly researched as substitutes to autograft. Both materials support bone formation over time, but can remain in your body longer and it may take more time for new bone to develop. Straumann BoneCeramic® is a synthetic option that is designed to support new bone formation over time. Your dental implant dentist will recommend the best type of material based on your case and their experience.
Why do we use Straumann Bone Graft Solutions?
Thanks to Straumann’s advancing technologies and scientific evidence, dental implant dentists now have the ability to grow bone where needed. This allows them the chance to restore the function and aesthetics which not only benefits your oral health, but can improve your quality of life
Straumann, is a leading provider in providing dental implant solutions and provides dentists throughout the world with effective bone grafting solutions that are
tested, trusted and designed to deliver excellent results.
Who is and who is not suitable for dental bone grafting?
The information provided within this website is designed to provide you with an overview on the dental bone grafting procedure and the options available to you.
Only an dental implant dentist can advise you if you require bone grafting and the best source including any potential risks and complications associated with the procedure and individual considerations for the treatment.
Bone grafting procedures are not suitable for patients where infection of the site still exists. A patient’s response and success with the bone grafting procedure is based on individual medical factors, including wound healing capabilities.
It is important that your dentist is aware of your allergies, medications and medical history in order for your treatment plan to reflect the best solution for you. Your doctor will provide any post-operative instructions you might need.