Future Trends in Bone Grafting

  • Mark Estevens


TE is centered on the concepts of tissue formation, regeneration and sustained functional remodeling. This is in contrast to the classic, “spare part” replacement therapy of the past with its associated harvest site morbidities. TE is especially an enticing application since bone, is a dynamic, highly vascular tissue that has the unique ability to remodel without scar. There are over one million major skeletal defects requiring major bone grafts reconstructions every year. This does not account for the vast numbers of small alveolar grafts that are performed by dentists yearly in their clinics.  To grow new bone, demands the contemporary surgeon not only have a thorough knowledge of its biology but also a different perspective.