An autogenous bone graft, also known as an autograft, is a type of bone graft that uses bone harvested from the patient’s own body. It is often considered the “gold standard” in bone grafting due to its high success rates. This is because the graft contains the patient’s own living cells, which contribute to bone healing and integration.
During an autogenous bone graft procedure, the surgeon first identifies a suitable site from which to harvest bone. This is often from areas such as the chin, posterior part of the lower jaw, hip, or tibia. The harvested bone is then transplanted to the site in the mouth that requires additional bone, such as areas suffering from periodontal disease or bone loss, or to prepare the jaw for dental implants.
Over time, the grafted bone fuses with the existing bone to create a stable platform for procedures such as dental implant placement, or to restore the jaw’s natural contour following bone loss.
Autogenous bone grafting is a reliable and effective option for many patients requiring oral surgery. By utilizing the patient’s own bone tissue, this procedure offers a highly compatible and successful solution for bone restoration and enhancement. It is important, however, to discuss with your oral surgeon or dentist about this procedure, as well as any other potential treatment options, to determine the best plan for your individual needs and circumstances.