A supporter posted the following on Facebook:
I work for an oral surgeon and yesterday a rep came in hawking their latest bone grafting particulate material.
They (Osteohealth) are no longer selling bone grafting particulate from bovines instead their new material is, well they call it Equimatrix!!!! (http://www.osteohealth.com/Equimatrix.aspx )
Yep you guessed it–horse!!!! And the company had the audacity to tell their sweet and very young rep that it was only produced from horses that were raised for medical experimentation!!!
I told her how horses were repeatedly stunned and could very well be alive when dismembered and that the horses went to Mexico and Canadain lots and that NO they are not separated and that her company was playing her for a fool.
Thankfully my boss stated that we would not be ordering any of that material. Good thing cuz after being here 31 years I’d hate to have to quit. Also heads up, if any of you get a dental implant with bone grafting make certain they are not using HORSE! Another front to fight horse slaughter on!
Another advocate pulled up this info and it was pointed out that if you look at their package insert in the lower right corner it states the bone comes fromSouth Korea. The normal dental bone grafting materials have always been either bovine or human cadaver or your own body such as your hip.
If you are considering an implant at the time of a tooth extraction they will offer a bone graft to sustain the ridge. Not all implant services require bone grafts so ask to make certain that it truly is necessary and that they are not just padding your bill.
I have heard of some dentists that are now bone grafting wisdom teeth sockets on healthy young people. This can add $1600+ to your bill that is outside of your insurance coverage. I would refuse it and find myself another office.
Our office does not do that and quite frankly the bone heals in on its own in 6-8 weeks. You would never place an implant in the wisdom teeth area as most people have these removed as they are malposed and not useable anyway.
Bone grafting has valid uses in implant dentistry, just ask the questions to save your wallet from over zealous sales-dentists. And make certain to ask where that bone comes from to make certain that it fits in with your beliefs.
My final piece of advice is to be careful with these new mega-dental centers offering one day implants and all aspects of dentistry. They are “profit” driven, not “patient” driven. There are many situations where one day implants will not work and many disadvantages to this process. Make certain to ask how long it will be before you can “load” i.e. “eat” with these new implant based restorations. And that is my dental lesson for today folks.