Is it Normal for Wisdom Teeth to Cause Discomfort?

Is it normal for wisdom teeth to cause discomfort? You would think that this question has a simple
answer, but unfortunately, it doesn’t. Yes, it can be normal for the wisdom teeth to feel uncomfortable.
Discomfort can also be a sign of a problem that requires attention.
If you’re unsure of the cause of your wisdom teeth discomfort, come in for a visit or see your dentist. If
you need wisdom tooth extraction, trust one of our skilled oral surgeons for your procedure. Reach out
to Hill Country Oral Surgery by phone at 512-327-7233 to schedule a consultation.

When Is Wisdom Tooth Discomfort Normal?

The wisdom teeth are the last teeth in the jaw to come in. They develop behind the final set of molars,
at the very back of the jaw. We usually see these teeth erupting between the ages of 17 to 25. When the
wisdom teeth come in, some patients experience discomfort. The area may become swollen and
sensitive as the tooth or teeth erupt through the gums. This discomfort is normal and will usually resolve
in a few days. Over-the-counter pain medication can be used to relieve symptoms as the teeth come in.
If you’re between the ages of 17 to 25 and are experiencing discomfort due to the eruption of wisdom
teeth, there is no reason to be concerned. Monitor your symptoms and contact us if they become
severe or don’t resolve as expected. If you have concerns, reach out.

Wisdom Tooth Pain and Problems- When to See Your Dentist

Since wisdom teeth are located so far back in the jaw and protrude later in life, they can cause crowding,
by pushing otherwise well-aligned teeth out of position. These third molars are prone to complications,
as they do not always descend straight through the soft tissue. See us if you experience:

 Shifting of other teeth due to wisdom tooth crowding
 Pain or discomfort in the area
 Inflammation of the surrounding gum tissues, which could signal an infection
 Pain when chewing or biting
 Jaw pain or difficulty opening the mouth
If your wisdom teeth are healthy and aren’t causing problems, you may be able to keep them. If
problems arise or will arise in the future, extraction is usually recommended. Removing wisdom teeth
before they are fully developed can reduce complications and risks. We find that patients have an easier
recovery when we remove wisdom teeth preemptively, as indicated, rather than waiting for
complications to develop.
A consultation with an oral surgeon is the best way to determine if wisdom teeth extraction is needed.

What Happens During Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

We want our patients to play an active role in creating their treatment plan for wisdom teeth extraction.
We will discuss surgery, sedation, and anesthesia options during your consultation as we create your
surgical plan.
Most patients will have all four wisdom teeth removed during a single surgical visit. Wisdom teeth
removal usually takes about an hour. Patients feel no pain, due to the use of a local anesthetic. The
techniques used for extraction vary, depending on the maturity of the tooth, the placement of the roots,
and location of nerves and sinuses. Our oral surgeons will use their extensive training and years of
experience to remove your wisdom teeth using the safest and most effective methods.
The most difficult part of wisdom tooth extract for many patients is recovery. We’ll provide detailed
recovery instructions and pain medication as needed. Most patients heal quickly and resume school,
work, and other activities in a few days.
Wisdom teeth don’t usually cause discomfort unless they are first coming in. If you’re experiencing
wisdom tooth pain, come into Hill Country Oral Surgery and find relief.


Introducing Metal-Free Dental Implants

zirconia dental implants

Few things are as magical as a first smile after years of embarrassment about your teeth. Dental implants are one of the tools that we use to restore functionality and beauty to the smiles of our patients with missing or damaged teeth. For many years, our surgeons have used state-of-the-art titanium dental implants with excellent results. We’re excited to introduce a new treatment option for permanent teeth replacement, metal-free zirconia implants.

Learn more about metal-free dental implants in Austin, TX by calling Hill Country Oral Surgery at 512-327-7233.

Metal-Free Dental Implants – A New Option for Patients

Dental implants serve as a replacement for missing or damaged teeth. The base of the implant is placed into the jawbone, where it integrates during the healing process. Traditionally, the base of the implant is made from titanium, a strong and corrosion-resistant material. Our metal-free implants are made from zirconia, a strong ceramic material that never corrodes.

We still offer titanium dental implants and use them often. They are ideal in many situations, including for patients that require a bridge anchored by implants. Our new zirconia implants aren’t a replacement for titanium ones, but another option. Come in for a consultation, and we’ll help you choose between titanium and metal-free zirconia implants.

Let’s explore the benefits of metal-free dental implants.

Ideal for Patients with Metal Allergies

Titanium allergies are rare, affecting less than 1% of patients tested in a study. However, 1% adds up quickly. In the Austin, TX area alone there are potentially thousands of people with a titanium allergy. Zirconia is a ceramic material, not a metal. Patients with a titanium allergy can receive zirconia implants with no risk of an allergic reaction.

Beautiful, Natural-Looking Appearance

Zirconia is white, offering a similar appearance to natural tooth and bone. Occasionally, titanium implant posts will show through the gumline, casting a greyish appearance on the area. This is most common in patients with thin gum tissue. This discoloration doesn’t occur with zirconia implants. Metal-free implants create a beautiful, natural looking smile.

New Two Piece Design

Metal-free dental implants used to only have a one piece design.  This greatly limited the clinical situations in which it could be used.  Newer technology has now introduced a two-piece, metal-free design.  This technology now allows us to serve a greater population of people without compromising on treatment.

Single Tooth Replacement

Currently, zirconia implants are best suited for a singular tooth replacement. Patients that need to replace multiple teeth will likely require titanium implants. We offer All-On-4 arch replacement using titanium implants for patients requiring full arch smile restoration.

Zirconia or Titanium Dental Implants- Which Option Should I Choose?

There are benefits to both zirconia and titanium implants. We use both in our practice and love seeing the new smiles that these implants create. Come in for a consultation, and we can explore options with you. Some patients will benefit from a zirconia implant, some from a titanium dental implant, and some will achieve beautiful results with either option. Call us to schedule your consultation and get your smile back. Our metal-free dental implants expand your options for tooth restoration.


Can Jaw Surgery Cure Your Sleep Apnea?

An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that causes interrupted breathing during sleep. This can lead to a lack of sleep, development of other health conditions, and a decrease in the quality of life. Although there are many causes of sleep apnea, jaw problems are often a contributing factor. Jaw surgery can help many patients with sleep apnea to find relief from this dangerous and exhausting disorder.

The Jaw and Breathing

The jaws are essential for proper breathing, eating, and speech. We use them every day and often take them for granted. Although breathing primarily occurs through the nose, the jaws are responsible for keeping the back-up airway, the mouth, open so it can be used as needed. When nasal congestion occurs, mouth breathing takes over, and the jaws help keep the air passages open so breathing continues uninterrupted. When the jaws aren’t properly aligned, this important air passage may be blocked, and our bodies may be unable to obtain the necessary oxygen.

Jaw misalignment can cause a variety of health and breathing issues including:

  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Hearing issues, including ringing in the ears
  • Jaw pain
  • Sleep apnea

Bringing the jaws into alignment can alleviate many of these symptoms. Many of our patients have found relief from their sleep apnea after corrective jaw surgery.

What Is Orthognathic Surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery also called orthognathic surgery, repositions the jaws to create alignment. This improves appearance, corrects bite issues, and often alleviates health and breathing issues, like sleep apnea.

Jaw surgery is never one size fits all. Some patients will need to have the jaw shortened or lengthened. Other patients may require repositioning of the upper or lower jaw. We perform jaw surgery on either the upper or lower jaw, and often both jaws together.

Jaw Surgery for Sleep Apnea

The most common type of jaw surgery for sleep apnea patients is called maxillomandibular advancement. This procedure moves the upper and lower jaws forward to enlarge the airway. This increases space for both the soft palate and the tongue. This procedure can dramatically improve breathing for many sleep apnea patients. Talk to your doctor about other potential treatments to explore all of your options.

Do I Need Jaw Surgery for My Sleep Apnea?

Jaw surgery is typically needed when the teeth and jaws don’t properly meet. Orthodontia can correct some problems with bite when they are caused exclusively by the teeth. If the jaw bones are not in alignment, jaw surgery is recommended.

If you have sleep apnea, we may be able to help. Come in for a consultation and we can discuss the procedure in more detail and determine if you’re a good candidate.

Can jaw surgery cure sleep apnea? Many of our patients have experienced positive improvement from sleep apnea after jaw surgery at Hill Country Oral Surgery. Jaw surgery in Austin, TX can also improve the aesthetic appearance of the face and jaw and address many health and breathing issues. To find out if you’re a good candidate for this procedure, come in for a consultation. Our skilled oral surgeons can evaluate your jaw positioning and medical history to determine if you will benefit from this procedure.

 


The Advantages of Guided Implant Surgery for Your Smile

Missing teeth don’t have to be a life sentence. Dental implants can successfully restore your smile and improve your oral health. Properly placed implants can last a lifetime and allow patients to retain bone structure in the jaw, to eat foods with ease, and to smile with confidence. Call Hill Country Oral Surgery to learn about your options for dental implants in Austin, TX.

Dental implants are long lasting, but only if they are properly placed. Our surgeons use the latest tools and technologies available, including guided implant placement, to ensure the best possible results. Using a guided technique allows for a more predictable result and is much safer than other dental implant placement methods. Using the guided implant technique allows us to complete difficult implant placements, procedures that would be otherwise impossible.

Guided Implant Surgery Basics

The bases of dental implants are held in place by the jawbone, much like the root of a natural tooth. Once in place, the bone surrounding the implant screw grows, securing the implant in place. Biting forces exerted on the teeth stimulate the jawbone, maintaining a healthy bone structure and helping the implants to remain solid and stable. Implants are designed to last and many patients will enjoy them for a lifetime.

A successful implant must be placed into healthy and dense bone. If the bone is too weak, the implant won’t take hold or will become damaged from biting forces. Dental implants require solid support for success.

Guided implant surgery improves outcomes in dental implant placement by utilizing technology to plan the best locations for each implant, based on bone structure and quality. Before the procedure, a custom guide is created, showing the oral surgeon the exact placement areas and depths for each implant. These guides are made using the patient’s x-rays and imaging studies, along with a specialized software program that analyzes each patient’s unique variables. We have all the equipment available in-house to create and print customized guides for our dental implant patients.

Is Guided Implant Surgery Right for Me?

Guided implant surgery represents the latest technology in dental implant placement. It improves outcomes for many of our patients. We often use guided dental implant placement on patients with:

  • Multiple sequential implants
  • Specific positioning requirements
  • Limited bone density or volume in the jaw
  • Past dental trauma
  • Bone Grafting
  • The close proximity of other implants or teeth
  • Same day extraction and implant placement

Guided implant surgery often improves outcomes. It allows us to completely plan the surgery before placement. Using 3D imaging tools, we can show patients options and give them a realistic idea of the results we can achieve. It also allows us to pinpoint those areas that may need pre-treatment or bone grafting to ensure the best aesthetic and functional results.

There are times when a guided implant placement isn’t the best fit for a patient. These patients may benefit from a placement technique known as freehand implant placement. During freehand placement, the oral surgeon will determine implant locations using judgment, experience, and dental training. Our surgeons are familiar with both guided and freehand placement options and will choose the most appropriate option for each patient.

Invest in your smile. By using guided dental implant placement, we can improve patient outcomes and satisfaction. Hill Country Oral Surgery also offers X-Guide Dynamic 3D Navigation, a state-of-the-art technology that provides real-time guidance to the surgeon during implant placement to ensure optimal placement of each implant.

Learn more about dental implants in Austin, TX by calling our oral surgery office for a consultation.

 


Leukoplakia: Diagnosis and Treatment

Spotting a new white or gray patch inside of the mouth can be a disturbing find. Is it cancer? Is it treatable? We always encourage our patients to get in touch with us if they see changes in their oral health or if they develop any patches or spots that don’t go away.

Leukoplakia is a common cause of white patches in the mouth. It is common and usually harmless but can indicate an increased risk for some cancers. A quick check can help us determine if the changes are anything to worry about and ensures that you receive prompt treatment if it is needed.

What Is Leukoplakia?

Leukoplakia is the mouth’s reaction to long-term irritation. It manifests as a white or gray patch and can occur almost anywhere in the mouth, including the cheek, tongue, or roof/floor of the mouth. Leukoplakia can occur at any age, but we see it most commonly in older adults. Hairy leukoplakia, a type of leukoplakia that creates white patches with a fuzzy appearance is only seen in patients with HIV or AIDS.

Common causes of leukoplakia include:

  • Irritation from rough teeth or fillings, poorly fitting dentures, etc.
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco use
  • Sun exposure
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Oral cancer

Leukoplakia is typically painless, but some patients experience sensitivity in the area. The patches often develop slowly, over a period of weeks or months. They may be flat or raised, smooth or slightly rough.

How Is Leukoplakia Diagnosed?

If you develop an unknown white patch inside of the mouth, come see us, even if you think it is leukoplakia. An examination is needed to rule out the possibility of oral cancer. Come see us, and we’ll help you figure out what’s going on and how to best treat it. Leukoplakia can be a sign of a larger problem.

How Is Leukoplakia Treated?

Before we can treat leukoplakia, we need to find and address the source of the irritation. A rough tooth may be smoothed, a damaged filling repaired, or poorly fitting dentures replaced. Some patients address denture fit issues with dental implants. If the leukoplakia is caused by tobacco use, we will recommend that you minimize or stop using these products.

Removing the source of the irritation will often cause the lesions to go away. This can take time, often a couple of months. In some cases, the patches are removed with surgery. We’ll help you determine the best course of treatment for your leukoplakia.

Keep an Eye on Your Oral Health

When was the last time you looked inside your mouth? We recommend a monthly self-examination of the mouth to look for changes and signs of oral cancers. Changes in the mouth can be indicative of changes in your overall health. Don’t ignore lumps or sores. Come in and let us help.

If you have white patches in your mouth, call Hill Country Oral Surgery at 512-327-7233 to schedule an oral cancer screening in Austin, TX.

 


What Causes Dental Implant Failure and How Can You Avoid It?

 

Dental implants are designed to last. With proper use, they can enhance your smile and restore dental function for decades. At Hill Country Oral Surgery, we regularly perform dental implant placement in Austin, TX and have an excellent success rate.

Unfortunately, dental implants do occasionally fail. This is not a common problem but can be a frustrating one when it occurs. Learn what causes dental implant failure and get our best tips for avoiding this problem. Our goal is a beautiful, healthy, restored smile after tooth loss or extraction. Call us to schedule your consultation with one of our skilled and experienced oral surgeons.

Common Causes of Dental Implant Failure

What causes a dental implant to fail? There are many potential reasons. Some problems occur shortly after placement and may keep the dental implant from properly integrating with the jawbone. Other issues can arise long after the implant is placed, often due to disease, infection, or improper care. Keep reading to learn about some of the most common causes of dental implant failure in Austin, TX.

  • Patient Health- Your health plays a critical role in determining the success of your implants. Some medical conditions, including autoimmune diseases and blood diseases, may make implants inadvisable. We’ll talk about your health, including any medications you may be taking, to ensure that implants are safe and recommended for you.
  • Smoking- Smokers experience higher levels of implant failure. This doesn’t automatically disqualify a smoker from the procedure, but it is something we should talk about. If you smoke, stopping is one of the best things you can do for your oral and overall health.
  • Implant Rejection or Allergic Reaction- Rejection occurs when the body reacts negatively to a foreign substance, in this case, the dental implant. Other patients may experience an allergic reaction to components used in the implant. Allergic reactions are very rare since the implants we use are made using a specially treated titanium.
  • Nerve or Tissue Damage- Nerve or tissue damage during implant placement can cause problems with integration.
  • Infection- Infection can cause implant failure at any time during the life of the implant. Initially, infections may interfere with the implant’s ability to integrate. Later, infection can erode bone holding the implant in place.
  • Overloading- Too much pressure, too soon on a new implant can cause failure.
  • Not Enough Implants- For patients requiring extensive restoration, we often use implants to support bridges, allowing for full arch reconstruction with as few as four implants. These procedures can be highly successful but require careful planning to ensure sufficient support. Too few implants can lead to dental implant failure.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene- Good oral hygiene is critical to maintaining natural teeth or dental implants. Poor hygiene can lead to bone or gum loss or infection, common causes of dental implant loss.
  • Lack of Bone or Gum Tissue- Implants must be supported by sufficient bone and gum tissue. We use bone and gum grafting as needed to ensure that patients have the needed structure within the mouth to successfully support dental implants.
  • Tooth Grinding- Dental implants can stand up to biting and chewing forces for many years, but tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, can be problematic. If you have this problem, come see us, and we can recommend treatment options to protect either your natural teeth or your implants.

These are some of the most common causes of dental implant failure but are not the only potential causes. We’ll talk with you extensively about the risks and benefits of this procedure during your consultation.

Avoiding Dental Implant Failure- What Can You Do?

One of the best ways to prevent dental implant failure is to choose an experienced and careful oral surgeon for your implant placement. Dental implants aren’t a quick fix, and any dentist that tells you they are should be avoided. We take our time with dental implants to ensure that they are ready to withstand years of chewing and smiling. Choose an oral surgeon with extensive dental implant experience, like Dr. Cavaretta and Dr. Rasmussen.

Taking care of your teeth is the other key to success. We’ll provide you with detailed recovery instructions, and we will teach you how to care for your implants so they can last.

Learn more about dental implants at Hill Country Oral Surgery. Call us at 512-327-7233 to schedule your consultation with us.

 


Can Jaw Surgery Relieve Difficulty Chewing and Biting?

Jaw surgery changes lives, improves bites, and beautifies smiles. Corrective jaw surgeries are a specialty of our oral surgeons here at Hill Country Oral Surgery in Austin, TX. Learn more about jaw surgery. Find out if you’re a candidate. Finally, call us at 512-327-7233 to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons.

What Can Jaw Surgery Do for Me?

Jaw surgery is a versatile procedure that can correct a host of major and minor dental problems. In some cases, it is used for cosmetic changes, but generally, the primary goal of jaw surgery is to correct functional problems of the jaw and teeth.

What can jaw surgery do for you? This procedure treats many common dental problems including:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Gummy smiles
  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Facial injuries and trauma
  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Gaps between the teeth or lips when the mouth is closed
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Unbalanced facial appearance
  • Weak or receding jaw/chin
  • Sleep apnea
  • Excessive wear of the teeth

If you have any of the conditions on this list, come in for a consultation with one of our surgeons. Jaw surgery may not be the right fit for you, but when it is, it can dramatically improve symptoms, often completely resolving medical or dental complaints.

Jaw Surgery to Improve Chewing or Biting

Jaw surgery is often used to correct alignment issues between the upper and lower teeth. When the teeth and jaws don’t meet properly, biting and chewing difficulties can arise. Moving the jaws so the teeth meet up can improve jaw function. It can also make it easier to eat and chew. In addition to functional benefits, many patients notice an improvement in their smile’s appearance after jaw surgery.

Orthodontics and Jaw Surgery- Which Option Do I Need?

Orthodontics, like braces or invisible aligners, are often used to move the teeth. This can correct some bite and alignment issues but not all of them. If the jaw bones aren’t in alignment, getting the teeth into alignment can be difficult or impossible. We’ll work closely with your orthodontist to create a surgical plan that complements your orthodontic goals. Jaw surgery complements orthodontics for many of our patients.

Addressing only teeth alignment and neglecting jaw positioning and function can lead to long-term dental problems later. Uneven jaws can cause orthodontic shifting, poor facial aesthetics, periodontal issues, and joint pain if they aren’t properly treated and addressed. Jaw surgery creates a strong foundation for future dental work.

Preparing for Jaw Surgery

If you need jaw surgery, call our Austin, TX oral surgery practice to schedule a consultation. We provide a complete and comprehensive consultation using both models and x-rays. We use 3D models and computerized techniques to show patients alignment issues and to illustrate the positive impact that jaw surgery will have. You’ll see how your bite will improve and how your appearance will change.

We’ll work closely with your other dental providers, including your general dentist and your orthodontist. Jaw surgery is a delicate procedure and requires a collaborative approach for the best results.

 



Ensure Dental Health During the Holidays with These Tips

No one wants a dental emergency over the holidays. Keep your smile merry and bright all season long with these healthy dental care tips. And should a dental emergency arise, during the holidays or any other time during the year, give Hill Country Oral Surgery a call at 512-327-7233. As a top oral surgery practice in Austin, TX, we are prepared to help our patients when dental emergencies arise.

Enjoy the Candy Canes but Not Too Many

Sweets and treats abound during the holidays. We want you to indulge and enjoy the season but it’s best to keep our consumption reasonable. Candy and sugary foods are terrible for your teeth. Limit sweets to once a day and brush when you’re finished. If you can’t brush, rinse with water.

Your teeth will thank you if you choose your treats with your teeth in mind. Chewy treats stick around long after you’re finished enjoying them. Swap caramels, toffees, and candy canes for fudge, cookies, or even better, dark chocolate.

A Holiday Break Doesn’t Mean a Break from Dental Hygiene

A change in routine often leads to slacking on everyday habits, important ones like brushing and flossing your teeth. Don’t neglect your dental habits. We hope you’ll use the extra time during the holidays to improve your dental habits, not let them slide.

As you have days off during the holidays, try to incorporate a new positive dental habit, rather than letting established habits falter. Not a great flosser? Become one over the holidays. Use the extra time to improve your brushing skills. Give your smile the gift of better dental habits. What can you do to improve your dental hygiene this holiday season?

Teeth Are for Chewing, Not Opening Packages

It is easy to break a tooth but much harder to repair the damage. Teeth are for chewing, not opening packages or removing clothing tags. As you wrap and open gifts, keep a pair of scissors nearby and use them instead of your teeth.

Dental Needs Don’t Pause for the Holidays

We know the holiday season is busy and fitting in regular dental care can be a challenge, but if you have dental needs, they still need to be addressed. Regular dental visits and cleanings, restorative and repair work, tooth extractions, etc. should be a priority, even over the holidays. If you need to schedule an appointment, give us a call, and our staff will help you set things up.

Resolve to Improve Your Dental Health in 2019

Finally, while you’re enjoying the holidays with your family, spend a little time reflecting on your resolutions for the new year. We hope that one of your resolutions will be better dental health in 2019. Every smile is different, and you can choose the resolutions that will best help you achieve beautiful pearly whites. Some ideas for a healthier smile include:

  • Fix Dental Problems- Do you have a tooth that needs extracting or a gap that needs a dental implant? Resolve to fix any existing dental problems in 2019. We’re scheduling consultations for January and February now. Call us to get on the schedule!
  • Visit the Dentist Regularly- Consistent dental visits can help you avoid many dental problems. Ask your dentist how often you need to come in for cleanings and checks. If you haven’t been consistent on dental visits, 2019 is a great time to start.
  • Brush Better- Brushing teeth shouldn’t take a lot of time, but it does require a few minutes. Many of our patients don’t spend enough time brushing or don’t brush effectively. Ask your dentist for tooth brushing tips and try to spend at least 2-3 minutes brushing, 2x a day.

Making a few small changes with the coming new year can transform and improve your smile for decades to come. Whatever you resolve, make sure that your teeth make the list.

Wishing you a happy holiday season from all of us at Hill Country Oral Surgery in Austin, TX.


How to Choose Your Best Bone Graft Material

Beautiful dental restorations require a strong foundation. When placing dental implants, we need sufficient bone to support the implant through the strain of biting forces. If bone has degraded, bone grafting may be needed. Our oral surgeons are experienced in dental bone grafting using donor and patient-collected bone.

Learn about your options for bone graft material below. If you require this additional step before your dental implants, we’ll discuss options in detail before your procedure.

Why Are Bone Grafts Needed for Dental Implants?

Teeth apply pressure to the bones in the jaw each time you bite. This pressure and stimulation keep the bone healthy and strong. When a tooth is lost, the bone slowly begins to degrade. This is a very gradual process and can take months or years before the bone loss is pronounced. Bone can also be damaged during the extraction of a severely decayed tooth.

To place a dental implant, we need bone. Patients that have been without a tooth for an extended period often lack sufficient bone, both in quality and quantity. Bone grafts supply us with the quality bone needed for a successful implantation.

Bone structure is essential to facial structure. Grafting restores jawline contours for a full and healthy-looking lower face.

Do I Need a Bone Graft?

Bone grafts aren’t always needed for dental implants. The longer a tooth has been missing, the more likely a graft is needed. Patients with recent tooth loss often don’t require this procedure. We never recommend bone grafting if it isn’t necessary for functional or aesthetic results.

Where Do We Get Bone for Bone Grafting?

The bone we use for grafting comes from either a donor source or is harvested from the patient.

  • Donor Bone- Using bone from a donor eliminates the need for a second surgical site. We use donor bone from human or bovine (cow) sources. This bone is processed and sterilized before implantation and is obtained from a tissue bank.
  • Patient-Harvested Bone- Another source for bone is the patient. We often extract this bone from the lower jaw, either from the chin or behind the third molar area. This bone is obtained with minimal risk and without cosmetic deformity.

Which Bone Graft Type Is Best for Me?

The best bone graft material depends on many factors. We need an examination and consultation to determine your best treatment approach.

  • Tissue bank bone, either bovine or human, simplifies the grafting process. We can immediately start the graft, without having to harvest the tissue first. It speeds recovery since only one surgical site is created.
  • Patient-harvested bone is used most often in implant sites that require significant reconstruction.

We have an in-house 3D CT machine. This allows us to create detailed imaging of your existing bone anatomy. This information is used to determine if bone grafting is needed, and which graft materials are most appropriate.

Call Hill Country Oral Surgery to learn more about your options for dental implants and bone grafting in Austin, TX. Our phone number is 512-327-7233.