Why Bone Grafting May Be Necessary for Dental Implants - Austin Smile Creations - West Lake Hills
Dental implants are often described as one of the most efficient ways to replace missing teeth. However, many patients are unaware of the specific qualifiers necessary to receive implants. It’s not enough to simply have one or more missing teeth; it’s also vital that you have significant jaw bone density of a particular type of bone ( you have several types of bone in the jaw serving different purposes) to support the implantation of a new tooth.
If your jaw bone is lacking in strength, a bone graft may be necessary to get you closer to your dental goals. Depending on the location of your missing teeth, you have several bone grafting options to choose from. At Austin Smile Creations, our award-winning implant dentist provides pre-implant bone grafting treatment in Austin, including all possible bone augmentations to repair defects, provide sinus lifts, and correct implant failure. We use cutting-edge regenerative technology and techniques, including Platelet-Rich-Plasma and Platelet-Rich-Fibrin, as well as Low Level Laser Therapy, with each procedure to achieve superior results in bone grafting. In spite of complex treatment, our bone grafting patients very rarely need to take any pain medications and have no post-operative pain, due to the advanced healing- enhancement process developed by Dr.Gotun, that leaves patients feeling great. Each procedure is developed to be minimally invasive and as efficient as possible even for the most complex conditions.
Why Would my Jaw lose Bone Density?
One of the many functions of your jaw bone is to stabilize teeth. If you have lost a tooth and have taken no immediate action to have it replaced, the alveolar bone within each tooth socket is broken down by the body since it no longer has a tooth to support. This weakens the stability your jaw bone provides. A titanium dental implant requires the same amount of jaw support as your natural teeth, but if it bone density has weakened due missing teeth, it may be necessary to complete a bone graft in order to prepare your smile for the placement of a dental implant.
Choosing Between Bone Grafting Options
With teeth missing from various parts of your smile, a variety of bone grafting options are available to suit your specific needs. The most commonly performed grafts are socket grafts, block bone grafts, and sinus lifts.
Socket graft - A socket graft specifically targets the alveolar bone that has been metabolized by the body once a tooth has missing and is usually performed immediately after a tooth has been extracted. Using treated donor bone, the graft is placed into the socket of the tooth and allowed to integrate with the surrounding tissue. Once the graft has healed properly, it will provide able to withstand dental implant placement.
Block bone graft - When a more significant amount of bone is needed to provide the necessary support for an implant, a block bone graft is used. Block bone grafts come from a patient’s own body and are usually collected from the wisdom tooth region or the chin. The graft is carefully extracted from these sites, placed on the treatment area, and secured into place for healing.
Sinus lift - The upper jaw often requires more innovative grafting techniques because of its proximity to the sinuses. Sometimes, there is too little space between the upper jaw and the sinus, making the area more fragile and dental implant placement more difficult. In these cases, Dr. Gotun adds more space between your jaw and sinus so that implants will fit more comfortably. The additional space created is filled with a bone graft, creating a stable platform for implant placement without affecting the sinuses.
The only way to determine the most appropriate bone graft is to consult with our implant dentist. After a thorough examination, Dr. Gotun will be able to determine whether you will require a bone graft and which method (or combination of methods) will best suit your oral health and optimized treatment results. Bone grafts are performed before dental implant placement begins and can take anywhere from 3-12 months to heal completely. However, they are a stepping stone for a long-lasting and functional restorative solution that will significantly improve your dental health.
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If you would like more information about dental implants or bone grafting procedures, please contact Dr. Tor Gotun at Austin Smiles Creations and schedule an appointment!