Bone Morphogenetic Protein
Bone morphogenic protein (BMP) is an isolated protein that induces specific cells in our body to form new bone. During surgery, the BMP is soaked onto and binds with a collagen sponge. The sponge is then designed to resorb, or disappear, over time. As the sponge dissolves, the bone morphogenic protein stimulates the cells to produce new bone. The BMP also goes away once it has completed its task of jump starting the normal bone healing process.
BMP is used to grow vertical bone height on the upper or lower jaw to facilitate the placement of dental implants.
Since there is no need to harvest bone from other sites when using BMP, a second surgical site to obtain a bone graft is unnecessary.
Drs. Bosack and Spina would be happy to discuss all grafting options with you at the time of consultation.