Autografts, allografts, xenografts, and alloplastic grafts are the most common types of bone grafts used for jawbone reconstruction. Autografts use bone taken from your own body. The hipbone is one place bone is taken from. The posterior areas of your own jaw is also another common source of bone. Autografts are very compatible with your body. They are the top choice for jawbone grafting and produce the best bone regeneration results.
Allografts are taken from the donated remains of other people. Bone donations obtained from cadavers undergo rigorous tests and sterilization. After an allograft is placed in your jaw, it eventually transforms into your natural bone. It is considered a very safe source of bone.
Xenografts are bone tissues taken from animals. Xenografts are extensively tested and sterilized before they are placed in your jawbone. A xenograft is a filler agent. Overtime, your natural bone replaces it.
Alloplastic grafts are composed of man-made materials. The artificial material is similar to your bone. Your natural bone fuses with the alloplastic graft and eventually replaces it. Other types of alloplastic grafts serve as structures for your bone tissues to grown on.
You will have follow-up appointments with your surgeon to ensure that your graft is healing properly.