I am waiting to be scheduled for an implant. I just would like to know your opinion on using cadaver bone as grafting material.
- Terry from California
The main disadvantage in using cadaver bone for bone grafting in the placing of dental implants is how it sounds. It sounds yucky, but it actually works just fine. It is processed and sterilized so that it is safe. While some have raised fears of contracting a disease from the graft, there has never been a reported case of that in the professional literature, to my knowledge.
There are about four different sources of bone for grafting, when you have a case, say, of facial collapse or any situation where there isn’t enough bone at the implant site to support the implant. The first is the patient’s own body. This is called “autogenous bone.” If there is bone somewhere else in the mouth, that can be used. But often that isn’t an option. Some surgeons go to the hip and take bone from there. That works well, but produces a second surgical site and is another source of pain during recovery. One reason many oral surgeons don’t go to the hip for bone is that they are ORAL surgeons and simply don’t do hips.
Another source is human cadaver bone, which is what you are asking about. These are called allografts, and they work quite well.
Another is called bovine bone, or in plain English that would be cow bone.
And another would be synthetic bone products. While these are the most convenient and least expensive, some dentists say they have a poor track record of success.
I hope this is helpful.