Bone Augmentation—SOTAL
World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress Proceedings, 2001
Peter Emily
United States

Peter Emily

State of the Art Lecture

Peter Emily, DDS, AVDC, AVD

Doctor of Dental Surgery, The Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska; Certificate of Periodontology, University of Pennsylvania; Post Graduate Certification, Dental Division, Denver General Hospital in Pediatric Dentistry; Post Graduate Certification, Dental Division, Denver General Hospital in Endodontics and Oral Surgery; Director of Animal Dentistry, Colorado State University, School of Veterinary Medicine; Director of Exotic Animal Dentistry, Denver Zoological Gardens

Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry

Diplomate American Veterinary Dental College (hon.)

Dental consultant American Kennel Club; author and co-author of three veterinary dental text books and multiple dental publications and manuscripts; primary presenter of veterinary dentistry for the past twenty years throughout the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan; extensive research and development of veterinary dental medicaments and oral health aids.

The American Veterinary Dental College presents two annual awards to outstanding contributors to veterinary dentistry. These awards are named “The Peter Emily Awards.”

American Animal Hospital Association Award of Merit recipient 1992.

The success of bone augmentation in periodontal therapy has advanced at an accelerated rate in the past few years. Successful bone regeneration in periodontal pocket formation is an expected reality.

Obligate symptoms of periodontitis are inflammation, true periodontal pocket formation and bone resorption. These symptoms occur in varying degrees, with varying degrees of bone loss.

Pocket formation advances with the severity of periodontal disease. Pocket formation advances from pocket formation with attachment loss and proliferating pocket epithelium with beginning crestal bone loss to vertical or horizontal bone loss that extends beyond the alveolar crest.

There are basically two types of bone loss seen in advanced periodontal disease: vertical and horizontal. Vertical bone loss is seen in infrabony pocket formation. The depth of the pocket is apical to the crestal height of bone. Horizontal bone loss has virtually no pocket formation with a uniform lowering of crestal bone.

Infrabony pockets (infra-alveolar vertical bone loss) exhibit various forms in relation to the infected bone. The osseous defects are classified as: three wall bony defect, bordered by three osseous surfaces and one tooth surface; two wall bony defect, bordered by two osseous walls and two tooth surfaces; one wall bony defect, bordered by two tooth surfaces and one osseous wall; and combined bony defect (cup), bordered by several surfaces of tooth and several of bone. Successful bone fill is greatest with three wall pockets followed by two wall and then one wall and cup.

Bone augmentation materials are classified as osseous conductive and osseous inductive. Osseous inductive bone or bony substitutes take part in the formation of new bone, whereas osseous conductive materials provide a scaffold or trellis for bony regeneration without taking part in bone formation itself.

Osseous inductive material in the past has generally been autologous bone transplants. That is, bone harvested from the host and implanted into the prepared bony defects. This results in very successful bone augmentation. However, host bone is not always attainable, hence the use of new augmentation materials has been developed.

Most osseous conductive materials have been forms of ceramics, glass, or hydroxyapatite serving as scaffolding mechanisms for bone growth. The use of dematerialized, freeze-dried, or radiated bovine and human bone is still a widely used osseous conductive agent with some claims of osseous induction results.

Bone Morphogenic Proteins (BMPs) are one of the advancements in bone augmentation. They are combined with dematerialized bone allographs producing increases in cementum and bone. BMPs produce multiple effects by acting as mitogens on undifferentiated mesenchymal cells and osteoblast precursors. They induce the expression of the osteoblast phenotype increasing alkaline phosphatase activity in bone cells.

There seems to be an endless variety of new osseous conductive materials currently available. The following products and their application and efficacy are some of the recommended materials, but not the only material available for veterinary periodontal therapy:


Has been promoted for use in veterinary dentistry within the past four years. Emdogain is an enamel matrix protein harvested from porcine primary dentition. It has shown the ability to increase levels of Transforming Factor-Beta 1 and Platelet-derived Growth Factor.

The new Emdogain Gel provides better handling qualities than the original form. It is best used in combination with other conductive agents such as dematerialized freeze-dried bone allograph material. After a full thickness flap is raised, all granulomatous tissue is removed from the three wall and/or two wall pockets and the root surfaces thoroughly root planed and treated with EDTA. The Emdogain Gel cocktail, (Emdogain and dematerialized freeze dried bone) is applied to the defect and tightly sutured. Added and more effective increases in bone are obtained when the mixture is placed as a cocktail under a resorbable, guided-tissue membrane.


Consil is by far the most widely used osseous conductive material by veterinarians. Consil is a type of glass bead material similar to other polymers for osseous conduction only. Its efficacy is virtually the same as other osseous conductive materials.


A biocompatible polymer in bead form that forms a non-resorbable radiopaque porous matrix scaffolding for osseous conduction. It is delivered into a prepared bony defect through a straight barrel syringe. The gingival flap must be tightly sutured to prevent loss of the HTR beads. Like Consil, it is an effective osseous conductive material. However all conductive materials do not provide the effective bony fill that is often needed.


A natural inorganic bovine mineral that restores through cell mediation. It is a xenograph suitable for both human and animal osseous conduction. It is one of the better osseous conductive materials that seems to outperform most polymers.


Dematerialized Freeze-dried Bone Allograft, (DFDBA). This is the only DFDBA that is routinely assayed for osteo-inductive activity. Dematerialized freeze-dried bone has been characterized as near osteo conductive by many clinicians. However, this product seems to be more effective that the osteo-conductive polymers currently used by veterinarians.


A composite of Type -1 collagen in particulate form, this product is the current state of the art in augmentation materials. The particulate form can be difficult to deliver to the surgical sites, however, the putty form, (sodium alginate) of PepGen- P-15 shows excellent biocompatibility and handling properties. This product combines a synthetic cell binding peptide with inorganic bovine biomineral resulting in the first and only tissue-engineered bone replacement graft to mimic both the inorganic and organic components of autogenous bone biopolymer.

In multi-center trials, PepGen-P-15 demonstrated positive results. ABM/P-15 bovine derived hydroxylapatite matrix (ABM/P-15 i.e., PepGen-P-15) has shown superior results to dematerialized bone powder. Entopic cellular differentiation of ABM/P-15 and the eventual phenotypic expression of the undifferentiated mesenchymal cells into bone producing osteocytes was histologically confirmed.

A study was conducted at the research division of the Mayo Clinic utilizing ten Beagle dogs. Four sites per dog and four bone substitute materials were used: human freeze-dried dematerialized bone (H-FDDB), dog-derived freeze-dried dematerialized bone (D-FDDB), OsteoGraf/N-300 and OsteoGraf/N-300 with PepGen-P-15. The 14-day evaluation revealed the defects containing H-FDDB and D-FDDB had little to no volume in all ten dogs. The defects containing N-300 maintained the initial volume, but were palpable and mobile in all ten dogs. The defects containing PepGen-P-15 maintained their volume and showed palpable signs of ossification. Histological evaluation after 30 days showed the defects containing PepGen-P-15 demonstrated cellular differentiation consistent with entopic osteoinduction.

This product is the result of research conducted by Dr. Rajendra Bhatnagar, University of San Francisco bioengineering. He describes the transformation of a different type of gingival fibroblast into bone. This mimics the use of stem cell research. CertaMed purchased the results of his research. The result was the development of PepGen-P-15 that works by transforming gingival fibroblasts into bone.

Veterinary periodontics has benefited from human periodontal therapy, but has also been limited by an understanding of the limits and effects of the most commonly used bone augmentation products for veterinarians.

Since limited time is often seen in clinical veterinary dentistry, the clinician should employ the most efficient augmentation material to avoid retreatment, lost time, and inferior results.


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