Ridge augmentation is a type of bone grafting procedure that focuses on recreating or preserving your natural facial and jaw contours. In many cases, ridge augmentation is recommended after a treatment experiences significant bone or tooth loss. The alveolar ridge is the part of the jaw in which the teeth’s roots are supported. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding and supporting bone for that tooth can begin to deteriorate, which can create an indentation in the jaw bone. When this happens, it can make replacing the tooth more difficult.
In situations where the jaw bone has deteriorated and created an indentation, our dentist may recommend a ridge augmentation to replace the missing bone. Using bone from the patient or other bone grafting material, our dentist can graft a piece of new bone to the deteriorating jaw bone. This stimulates new bone growth, restoring the alveolar ridge to its proper height, width, and strength. Afterwards, our dentist can more successfully replace your tooth, particularly with a dental implant.
If you require a tooth extraction, our dentist can often perform a ridge augmentation directly after, so as to eliminate the need for a second procedure at a later time. However, a ridge augmentation can also be performed later and still produce the same results. To learn more about ridge augmentation, and to schedule your consultation with our dentist, we invite you to call or visit us today. We are here to care for your smile!