The transplanting of your own teeth (autografts) can make it possible to replace missing teeth without using artificial teeth. The greatest advantage of autografting is the retaining of the root sheath (periodontal ligament) around the transplanted tooth. In contrast to dental implants anchored in the bone, the periodontal ligament enables the retention and continuing growth of the bone crest of the jaw, which is especially important for children and young people.
Other advantages are that sensitivity remains intact and there is the option of orthodontic movement of a transplanted tooth. In the scientific literature, autografting of immature teeth is now well documented, as these teeth remain live and healthy due to their continuing growth. In this study at the University of Berne, autografted, immature teeth achieved high rates of success.
Also, a new surgical technique for retaining the vitality of mature (fully formed) autografted teeth has been used. This technique has shown for the first time in a clinical study that the autografting of teeth can also achieve promising medium-term results even after the teeth are fully grown.