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 are reading this testimonial, I assume you are looking to alleviate pain in one or more of your teeth or to improve your smile cosmetically. Either way you can save yourself some time, stop right now and go make an initial evaluation appointment with Dr.Gotun and his staff at their cozy, comfortable office with a relaxing peaceful view of Eanes Creek. You can search the 1200 or more listings in the Austin area and the BEST you could hope for would be to find another dentist equally as skilled and talented as Dr.Gotun. I do NOT think it is possible to get BETTER quality dental work than what you will get at this office.
The one thing that made everything so simple for me was the photographs. During the initial exam Dr.Gotun takes a series of photographs of your teeth along with x-rays. You then get to see your teeth on a laptop screen, in color, up close and larger than life. If you can live with what you see then you can count your blessings and Dr.Gotun will let you be on your way, unless of course you would like to schedule a cleaning!
In my case I could see the damage, decay and buildup from many years of poor oral hygiene and neglect. In addition to the problem teeth that brought me to the dental office I could easily see that most of my teeth were in need of some type of restoration work. Dr. Gotun has my permission to show all of my records to anyone interested in seeing them. I am sure you will be as amazed as I still am at what Dr. Gotun was able to accomplish considering the very poor condition my teeth were in at the start of the process.
The cost was substantial in my case due to amount of work that was required. However, the work was spaced out over several years which made the cost much easier to budget. Dr.Gotun was not on my dental insurance plan, so I accessed some savings and my credit to finance the work and paid it off like any other significant asset I have purchased. My teeth are the most rewarding investment I have ever made.
If I could give anyone one bit of advice other than my story, it would be “do NOT let dental insurance be the major factor that guides your decision-making”. I was never happy with any of the experiences or results I had when I tried to use the dentists that were covered under my plan. I am proof that 12 years on with regular flossing and brushing, the investment in your restoration work done by Dr.Gotun can still be yielding satisfaction and compliments from friends and random strangers.
I have never gone to bed without flossing and brushing after seeing those photographs in my initial visit. Good luck and I hope to be reading your success story here sometime in the future.
Dr. Tor Gotun probably saved my life and he's added some years to it. You don't usually say that about your dentist, but I believe it in my case.
More than 10 years ago, after many years of neglecting my teeth and an unhealthy life style, I went to Tor, my neighborhood dentist, even though he wasn't on my State of Texas dental insurance network.
I soon learned of the challenges to getting my gums and teeth back to a healthy status. The way Tor explained it, I knew it was complex and that Tor had the skills and vision to get me there, as long as I did my part. I also knew it would take time and not be cheap.
Now, years later, I still have most of my original teeth and only a few very nice, state-of-the art crowns. I am following Tor's advice for taking care of my teeth and gums, including his regular cleaning schedule. What my dental insurance didn't cover, I was able to use Austin Smile Creations' association with Care Credit to finance the costs without any interest charges as long as I pay off balances within a year of each charge.
By the way, we had only one procedure that didn't work out as planned, but Tor made good on it and the solution turned out as good or better.
As a bonus, all of Tor's top flight members are both professional and personable, always considerate of my needs, interests, and schedule.
Bottom line, Tor is better than my expectations. He pays attention to more than just how my mouth looks; he's concerned about my overall health and how my life-style affects, and is affected by, the health of my teeth and gums.
I have been going to Dr. Gotun since he used to have his practice on William Cannon Drive ( 20 years now). Now he is located in Bee Caves. He is an excellent dentist.
The thing I like best about Tor Gotun is he is relatively pain free when administering his shots to numb your mouth. Dentists I have had before always seemed to be a bit heavy handed in this activity.
He is very up to date with modern dental technology. He can make a crown or cap in his office at the moment of your appointment and have you leave with a fully functioning mouth. I have friends who use other dentists who must wander the city of Austin for at least a week with a hollowed out molar stuffed with gauze as they await their topping to arrive by mail to their dentist's office.
The staff is very friendly, and Dr. Gotun will never talk down to you. He is very good at explaining why he is doing something or why he wants to do a procedure. He may have gotten two of my wisdom teeth, but I will still try to hold onto the remaining two regardless of his explaining the safety factors of hanging on to them as you get older.