upwards. Luckily, there are procedures that can help return your jaw to normal.
What is a ridge augmentation?
A common dental procedure, a ridge augmentation is often conducted after a tooth is extracted in order to help maintain the patient’s natural gum and jaw contour, as these can be lost when a tooth is removed. Bone loss in the jaw can occur for a number of reasons, however missing teeth are certainly one of the top causes.
A ridge augmentation, then, seeks to restore any bone loss that might have occurred in order to help keep your jaw and gums healthy and in their natural state. This is also especially important if you plan on having dental implants placed, as there must be a sufficient amount of tissue and bone remaining to protect the implant and hold it in place. If your bone and tissue have receded and there is no longer enough in the area where the tooth was pulled, then you will need to undergo a ridge augmentation in order to promote bone growth and restore your jaw to its natural state.
How is ridge augmentation accomplished?
In order to help augment your existing ridge, a bone graft is typically placed in the tooth socket. This can be done right after extraction if the tooth is being pulled in a dentist’s office. If the tooth was lost outside of the dentist’s office, such as via an accident of some sort, do not worry – the procedure can still be carried out! It is largely the same in both situations, in fact, with the main difference being that the tooth socket is already open and ready for the bone graft when the tooth in question is extracted in a dentist’s office.
Once the bone graft has been placed in the socket, the gum tissue will then be placed over the graft and stitched into place. Your new bone should then grow in the same place as it was originally when your natural tooth was in place. Once your ridge has been successfully augmented and is healed, you can begin to look at options for replacement teeth, like dental implants.
Are you in need of ridge augmentation to help repair your jaw after bone loss? Contact us at (669) 244-1550, today to discuss your options and schedule your evaluation. We can help you feel great and maintain excellent oral health.