By: Dr. Mitchell Josephs
Q: This may sound crazy, but here goes: My dentist will be removing some of hopeless teeth with the intention to replace them with implants and crowns. He wished to fill the sockets after the teeth are pulled with either bovine (cow) bone or freeze dried human bone. I am a strict vegetarian and am apposed to either choice. What else can be done? Maggie in Delray Beach
A: An equally perplexing dilemma for our friends who might be vegetarian cannibals, I suppose! What can you? I have a solution. RTR (Resorbable Bone Replacement) is a synthetic bone grafting material made of micro and macroporous beta-tricalcium phosphate granules that are intended to foster new dense bone growth in 3 to 6 months. The material comes in .8cc syringes which allow the patients own blood from the mouth to be drawn up and mixed with the graft material before placement into the extraction sockets.
This material serves as a proven alternative to human or bovine grafts which are often necessary before implants are placed. For a free consumer guide on this subject, contact us.