What is Bone Grafting?

With modern advancements, oral surgeons like Dr. Michael Shnayder have the ability to encourage the growth of bone where needed. To allow implants to be placed and to restore the functionality and appearance of the patient’s smile, our oral surgeon provides bone grafting in Omaha, Nebraska.

Types of Bone Grafts

  • Autogenous bone grafts, which use your own live bone, are usually taken from the chin, jaw, lower leg, hip, or skull
  • Allogenic bone, or dead bone harvested from a cadaver
  • Xenogenic Bone, which is taken from the non-living bone of another species, usually a cow.

Bone Graft Substitutes

As a substitute to using real bone, many synthetic materials are available as a safe and proven alternative, including:

  • Demineralized Bone Matrix (DBM) or Demineralized Freeze-Dried Bone Allograft (DFDBA) is processed allograft bone that contains collagen, proteins, and growth factors
  • Graft composites are made of bone graft materials and growth factors
  • Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are proteins naturally produced in the body that promote and regulate bone formation and healing

Unlike autogenous bone grafts, synthetic materials do not require a second appointment to harvest the bone. As each bone grafting option has its own risks and benefits, Dr. Michael Shnayder will determine which type of graft material is best for you. We encourage you to contact Village Pointe Oral Surgery today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.