Dento alveolar bone resorption is a common phenomenon that occurs due to various reasons like early loss of teeth, aging, caries and periodontal diseases. Bone regeneration is a primary requisite for the therapeutic sucess in the management of periodontal diseases and preservation of alveolar socket preservation. Though there are many bone substitutes like xenograft, allograft, autogenous bone is considered to be the gold standard bone graft due to its osteoconductivity, osteoinductivity, and osteogenicity. The possibility of using tooth as an autogenous bone graft is explored in this review.
Key words: Autologous graft, bone substitute, tooth bank, socket preservation.