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About Bone Grafting

What is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is the process and treatment of replacing bone where it is missing. Bone Grafting also deals with the promotion of new bone growth at the location of treatment.

What Can Bone Grafting Do For Me?

Bone loss or deterioration occurs when the jaw bone no longer receives stimuli from teeth where there are gaps or tooth loss. Bone grafting can replace the missing bone from the deterioration. This gives the opportunity to place implants and treat the aesthetic appearance of a patients’ smile.

Types of Bone Grafts


Autografts, which are also known as Autogenous bone grafts, are bone transplants taken from the patients’ own body, elsewhere from the point of treatment. Usually, bone is taken from the chin, lower leg, hip or skull. The advantage to using the patients’ own bones is that it reduces the chance of rejection and encourages certain advantages to the growth. The only downside is that it will require 2 procedures: one to harvest the bone, and one to place it.

Allogenic Bone:

Allogenic bone is bone that has been freeze dried and processed from a cadaver. Allogenic bone cannot grow and is therefore used primarily as scaffolding or framework which bone can grow over.

Xenogenic Bone:

Xenogenic bone is bone that is taken from the dead bone of another animal, usually cow and is also used primarily for bone framework and growth support. The bone is treated at very high temperatures to avoid contamination.

Both xenogenic and allogenic bone grafting can both be completed in a single surgical procedure, but they do not directly substitute bone loss, and the bone regeneration can take a much longer time than autografts.

Bone Graft Substitutes

Many synthetic materials are used as alternatives, including:

  • Demineralized Bone Matrix (DBM)/Mineralized Bone Matrix/Demineralized Freeze-Dried Bone Allograft (DFDBA)
  • Graft Composites
  • Bone Morphogenetic Proteins

Synthetic materials also maintain the advantage of not requiring a second procedure to harvest the bone. Dr. El Deeb will determine the best route on a case-by-case basis.