Does Hydroxyapatite Paste In Chin Surgery Turn Into Bone?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I was wondering if the hydroxyapatite paste you use in the chin surgeries turns into bone later? Or does it just become hard but not into bone?

A:I don’t use hydroxyapatite paste in chin surgeries since it is a ceramic and never turns into bone. What I use is allogeneic corticocancellous bone chips and blocks which can turn into the patient’s own bone.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana