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An allograft is similar to an autograft, but the procedure uses bones tissues harvested from another individual instead of the person receiving the graft. Allografts involve tissue grafts between two of the same species.
The bone may come from the cadaver at a tissue bank. It may be a demineralized or mineralized. It may also be in the form of a block, granules or putty. Bones from deceased donors undergo screening for infectious diseases and several kinds of treatment in order to avoid any risk of cross contamination and possible immune reactions.
This method may be preferred by patients who want only one surgical site instead of the two that are involved in autografts. Allografts have a long history of being very safe and effective in all types of dental grafting procedures.
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Allografts help prevent bone reabsorption after a tooth loss. The procedure makes it possible for patients to receive dental implants.
Like many bone graft procedures, an allograft typically requires anesthesia this can take the form of local anesthesia (Novocaine) or sedation. The only pain that patients experience is some general soreness in the area of the incision afterward that is usually treated with over-the-counter medications.
If you have questions about which grafting procedure might be right for you, contact the Advanced Oral Specialty Group at (856) 772-9444 right now. Dr. Alan Meltzer is a board certified periodontist with over three decades of experience.