[Surgery]  Bone graft material

Hello everyone.


I have a general bone grafting question. 

I took a very informative bone grafting course with Dr. Jin last year. But there is still something I am confused about.


If a patient decides to choose a bridge over an implant to replace a hopeless 26, I would assume that ridge preservation would be recommended for a better contour under the pontic.


My questions are:

1- what would be a better graft material under a pontic? Allograft or alloplast? My understanding is that alloplast takes longer to heal but also longer to resorb, which might make it a better material to use under a pontic. 


2- Also what is the recommended healing time before the final bridge is placed to avoin shrinkage under the pontic, with and without the graft.


Your experiance and recommendations are highly appreciated.






by Keyhan Alavian at Fri, Apr 15, 2016 5:40 PM

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Ho-Young Chung Replied at Thu, May 5, 2016 9:39 PM

Hi Keyhan, yes, alloplast resorbs slower than allograft. But if you place alloplast and your patient changes his/her mind about a bridge and now wants an implant, then you will be waiting a very long time before being able to place an implant. Ho-Young Chung