Ridge Augmentation

What are Ridge Augmentations?

A ridge augmentation is a common dental procedure that recreates the natural gum and jaw contour that was lost after a tooth was lost or extracted. Ridge augmentations enhance and strengthen the bone and gum tissue around a tooth root in order to provide a strong, sturdy foundation for a dental implant or other dental restoration. The procedure can be completed immediately following the removal or loss of a tooth.

Who Needs Ridge Augmentation?

The roots of your teeth are surrounded by a bone structure known as the alveolar ridge. When teeth are extracted, an empty socket is left in the alveolar ridge. This empty space will usually heal on its own by filling with tissue and bone. However, there are times when the bone breaks around the socket, which causes the socket to deteriorate. While it may not be medically necessary for the alveolar ridge to be rebuilt, it may be required before the placement of dental implants or to keep your facial structure intact.

Ridge Augmentation for Dental Implants

Ridge augmentation is a common procedure that is performed before the placement of dental implants because in order for dental implants to be secure, they need to be placed into a strong and sturdy base. Since dental implants are placed directly onto the alveolar ridge of the jaw, it is important that this area is bolstered and strong enough to support the implants.

How is the Procedure Done?

Before a tooth extraction or ridge augmentation procedure, you will be given a local anesthesia to ensure you remain comfortable throughout your procedure.

A ridge augmentation procedure can be done immediately after a tooth extraction to keep the number of visits to a minimum. During the procedure, bone graft material is placed in the tooth socket and then covered over with gum tissue. Some dentists use a space-maintaining product over the graft to ensure that the gum tissue doesn’t bleed over into the bone tissue and vice versa. After the socket heals, then the ridge is ready for the placement of dental implants.

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