Bone Grafting/Socket Preservation

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The simple extraction of a tooth leaves in its wake a hole that is surrounded by a shell of alveolar bone (tooth supporting bone). This bone’s only purpose in the human body is to support a tooth. As a result, when the tooth is lost the body quickly begins to resorb the bone, unless it is immediately replaced with either another tooth, implant or in this case a “ridge preservation graft” (socket graft). Occasionally, it is possible to place an implant at the time of a tooth extraction. In these cases, the implant will act almost like a tent pole to hold the surrounding bone up and give it the functional requirements necessary to prevent it from undergoing atrophy. Unfortunately, often times it is impossible to place an implant at the time of the extraction. This can be for many reasons. However, it is most frequently due to either the presence of a dental infection or a size discrepancy between the tooth that is being lost and any possibility of an immediate implant replacement. In these cases it is prudent to place a “ridge preservation graft.” The ridge graft is designed to fill the void left by the extracted tooth and hold the volume of this space while natural bone has the opportunity to proliferate and fill the space with high quality live bone. Depending on the size of the tooth that was extracted, the ridge graft requires between three to six months before an implant can be placed.


Types of bone used


NovaBone® boosts the body’s ability to signal, recruit, proliferate and differentiate bone building cells.

This bioactive technology platform is available through NovaBone.

NovaBone's bone graft substitute is engineered to accelerate the body’s natural healing process with a measured release of ions and changes in surface chemistry that supercharge cellular activity with preferential development of cells that form new bone.

The FDA authorized our use of the term osteostimulation to define this unique process.

Numerous studies, including human clinical trials, have proven that NovaBone demonstrates equivalent rates of bone growth when compared to autogenous bone graft.


Steiner Labs Bone

Steiner Biotechnology, a biotechnology company and a leader in the field of bone regeneration discovered the molecule necessary to regenerate the patient's own bone. This technology eliminated the need for cadaver bone, the patient's own harvested bone, or animal bone and more importantly, produces normal vital bone.


Steiner Biotechnology has been awarded a patent for the first compound in the bone graft industry that enters the osteoblast to safely stimulate osteogenesis (Bone Growth).


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