An allograft, is a bone graft comprised of human bone. Unlike an autograft, where bone needs to be harvested from the patient, an allograft can be taken from any compatible human donor aside from the patient themselves. These Allografts most commonly come from a bone bank. The allograft procedure is recommended to replace any lost or deteriorating bone found in the jaw in order to facilitate jaw health and future dental treatment including dental implants.
The allograft bone is very safe and simply acts as a framework for your own surrounding bone to grow upon. An advantage to this form of bone grafting is the need for only one procedure as this bone is derived from an outside source. Without having to harvest the bone from the patient, this form of bone grafting is much more comfortable, faster, and can be done at the same time as extractions, or other dental work.