An allograft is a bone graft that is obtained from a donor of the same species but different genetic makeup, typically a deceased human donor. In the context of oral surgery, allografts are often used in bone grafting procedures to provide a scaffold for the recipient’s body to grow new, healthy bone tissue.
During an allograft procedure, the donor bone, which has been specially processed and sterilized, is placed into the area that requires additional bone. This could be for a variety of reasons such as injury, disease, or to prepare the jaw for dental implants.
Over time, the patient’s body naturally replaces the graft material with their own healthy bone, a process known as bone remodeling. This allows for the restoration of bone mass and density that may have been lost due to dental issues like periodontal disease, trauma, or atrophy.
Allograft bone grafting is a safe and effective option for many patients requiring oral surgery. It provides a way to restore and enhance bone health without the need for additional surgical procedures. As with any medical treatment, it’s important to discuss your options with your oral surgeon or dentist to determine the best treatment plan for your individual needs and circumstances.