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Autograft vs Allograft: What’s The Difference?

When you require a bone graft procedure, you can rely on our team at Chester County Oral Surgery & Dental Implants.

A bone graft is a surgical procedure used to fix bones or joints that were damaged by trauma. It is also used to replace bone that is missing to provide structural stability in the jawbone.

Contact our team today to get started with your bone graft surgery.

Why Would I Need Bone Graft Surgery?

We present all the information to our patients upfront, so there are no surprises.

Different types of bone grafting may be discussed with you, depending on the type of procedure you’re having.

  • Socket Preservation – After tooth extraction, the empty socket is filled with bone grafting material to preserve the bone in the site for tooth replacement in the future.
  • Sinus Lift – The sinuses lie above the upper jawbone and are filled with air. If the upper jawbone has receded, we lift the sinus membrane and fill the space underneath it with grafting material to bulk up the bone for upper implants.
  • Ridge Augmentation – As with socket preservation, ridge augmentation involves filling the site of an extracted tooth.
  • Nerve Repositioning – The nerve that gives feeling to the bottom lip and chin is known as the inferior alveolar nerve. Sometimes this nerve must be relocated to place a lower jaw implant. The nerve is moved, and the pockets left behind are filled with bone grafting material to prepare for a dental implant.

Allograft vs. Autograft: Which One is Right for Me?

Knowing which bone-grafting option you will need can be confusing. After our evaluation, we will recommend what bone graft is best for you. We are happy to discuss your options and answer any questions you may have. We want you to feel confident in our choice.

What Is an Autograft

An autograft is the more traditional bone graft surgery. We will transfer bone tissue from one spot of the body to the patient’s jawbone during an autograft. This procedure has an extremely high success rate because we’re using living tissues and intact cells. It is often thought of as the “gold standard” in bone grafting because of its reliability.

What Is an Allograft?

The allograft procedure uses bone from a donor or a cadaver to graft onto the patient’s jaw. The allograft is safe, ready to use, and available in large amounts. The main advantage of an allograft is that it requires one less procedure than the autograft, which must first be taken from the patient. Surgical time is minimized and the recovery can be quicker. The allograft comes from a reputable and reliable tissue bank.

Choosing the Right Dental Office for Your Bone Graft

At Chester County Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, you can always count on our team to provide you with the best options for your dental bone graft.

We provide both autograft and allograft services to meet your particular needs.

Contact our Kennett Square or West Chester office today to schedule a consultation and learn more about the right procedure for you.