Ridge augmentation is a dental procedure that is typically done after a tooth extraction. This procedure recreates the natural contour of the gums or jaw that was lost during the extraction. The bone that surrounds the roots of the teeth is called the alveolar ridge of the jaw. When a tooth is extracted, there is an empty socket left where the tooth originally was. This socket typically will heal on its own, and fill with tissue or bone.
If the socket breaks during tooth extraction this area will not be able to heal on its own. When this happens rebuilding the alveolar ridge may be necessary if the patient requires a dental implant. Dental implants require a sturdy base and bone structure for proper support. A ridge augmentation procedure helps to rebuild the area, and place the necessary support for the dental implant.
A ridge augmentation procedure is done directly after the tooth is extracted. This procedure places bone grafting material in the tooth socket to rebuild the area, and provide the necessary support for tooth replacement. Doing this procedure directly after tooth extraction helps to avoid the need for a second procedure.
Once the area is built up, gum tissue is placed over the socket, and sutures are used to secure the area. A space maintaining product can be used over the area to help restore both the height and width of the space that was created after tooth extraction. The area must heal before the patient can return to prepare for their dental implant. Typically, local anesthesia is used to help keep patients comfortable during the procedure.
If you are interested in finding out more about ridge augmentation and how this procedure may benefit you, contact Don Sing Dentistry. Our doctors have years of experience in oral surgery, and love to help patients achieve the smile of their dreams. Let our team help restore your confidence with a beautiful and natural looking smile.
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