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Autogenous Bone Grafts: An Overview on Oral Surgery

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What is an Autogenous Bone Graft?

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.

The Autogenous Bone Graft Procedure in Oral Surgery

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.

The Benefits of Using Autogenous Bone Grafts

Using autogenous bone grafts for oral surgery has several benefits:
  • Biocompatibility: Since the bone is harvested from the patient’s own body, it reduces the risk of graft rejection, infection, and disease transmission.
  • Effective Bone Growth: Autogenous grafts contain live bone cells and naturally occurring growth factors that promote and speed up the process of bone regeneration and healing.
  • High Success Rates: Autogenous bone grafts generally have a high success rate due to their biocompatibility and the presence of living cells that contribute to bone healing and integration.

Why Choose Autogenous Bone Grafts?

Despite the need for an additional procedure to harvest the bone, autogenous bone grafts are a popular choice due to:
  • Reliability: They are often considered the most reliable type of bone graft due to the presence of live bone cells, which contributes to successful bone regeneration.
  • Versatility: Autogenous bone grafts can be used in various dental procedures, such as dental implants, sinus lifts, ridge augmentations, and periodontal treatments.
  • Safety: Autografts eliminate the risk of immune rejection or disease transmission since the graft is derived from the patient’s own body.


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.