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Bone Grafts Ask The Dentist Richard Winter Question:
Cadaver Bone or Endopore better for grafting prior to implants? I was told that I would need a sinus lift to facilitate implants 5 back from left incisor and 4 back from right incisor (2 implants).

Is adding cadaver bone a good way to go or is Endopore better? Would it be safer to just not doing it? I am 64 and diabetic but in good control. ...Visitor from CO

Answer:
I think your concerns are all valid and you deserve answers you are comfortable with from your implant surgeon and dentist.

I routinely have my patients utilize donated bone - cadaveric bone. It is extremely safe, has a tracking number, is irradiated and free of all live cells. It acts as a scaffold for new bone growth.

The use of endopore or other bone substitutes should be evaluated by the person doing the surgery. If they have bad results with a product they won't use it. Conversely, if something has worked exceedingly well for them, they will be more confident in using it.

I would ask them their experiences with the options in front of you and then make an informed decision. Your age and diabetes can be discussed as well but in my experience it is better to have implants than bridges if possible.

Wisconsin Reconstructive Implant Dentistry
Wisconsin Prosthodontics
Richard Winter, DDS MAGD
Winter Dental Associates
Hampton Dental Associates
5323 W. Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee Wisconsin WI 53218
(414) 464-9021

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