FAQ & Education

We want to be your source for grafting education. Together we can raise the standard of care across the nation. Stay tuned as we add content from our experts…

Surgical Esthetics’ team of expert clinicians are available to train distributors, reps, dentists and specialists. Contact your trusted distributor for event dates and details (or request info here). Here are some of the forms of education we provide:

  • Webinars for sales reps (branch meetings)
  • Webinars for clinicians
  • In-person lectures for clinicians (CE credits available!)
  • Hands-on training for clinicians (CE credits available!)

Please note that every patient and clinical situation is different, but these are general suggestions based on individual experiences


Bone Allografts

Where does graft come from? Are there different types?

  • Allograft – from a donor of the same species (human)
  • Xenograft – from a donor of a different species (bovine, porcine, equine)
  • Autograft – from the patient’s own body
  • Alloplast – synthetic material

Demineralized vs Mineralized Allografts

  • Mineralized

Cancellous vs Cortical Allografts

How much graft should I use after extracting a:

  • Molar? — 1-2cc
  • Premolar? — .5-1cc
  • Canine? — .5-1cc
  • Incisor? — .5cc


Are there any tips or tricks for handling allografts?

Are bone allografts safe?

The short answer is “yes, they’ve proven themselves safe.” There are always minor risks, but our donor screening, processing techniques, and sterilization protocols are better than industry standards, AATB Certified, and FDA compliant. Click here for more information.

What if the extraction site is infected?

Courtesy of Dr. Ziv Simon, DMD, M.Sc.



When do I need to use a membrane?

What type of membrane should I use?

How long should I leave the membrane in place after surgery?

Are amniotic products safe?



What suture size should I use?

What needle types are there and how do I know which to use?


Courtesy of Dr. Ziv Simon, DMD, M.Sc.



What do I need to get started in socket preservation?

We recommend starting with the basics for atraumatic extraction. It’s always easier to preserve tissue than regenerate it. This includes:

  • blade holder
  • Castroviejo needle holder (NOT hemostats)
  • elevators
  • periosteal elevators
  • periotomes (flexible is preferred)
  • spoon curettes
  • serrated curettes
  • root-tip extractors
  • tissue forceps
  • corn-suture forceps
  • forceps
  • retractors
  • mouth props
  • surgical piezo (for the highest level of efficiency, and to ensure the most conservative and safe treatment)


Our team of clinicians have curated two kits that contain the best combination of easy-to-use and efficient instruments. Click here to see more.

What do I  need to be able to do sinus grafts?

In addition to the above, you’ll need:

  • concave osteotomes/mallet for vertical-approach augmentations
  • specialty hand instruments for releasing/preserving the Schneiderian membrane
  • zirconia-tipped burs for lateral-approach augmentations