Improve Your Jawbone Strength
A strong jawbone is important when it comes to supporting your teeth and overall facial structure. When patients suffer from missing teeth due to trauma or decay, the health of your jawbone plays a key role in determining whether you’re a candidate for dental implants. That’s why if your smile suffers from low bone density, it can pose a threat to your oral health. Fortunately, at Contemporary Dental Arts, Dr. Pham is an expert in strengthening the structure of your smile with ridge augmentation to promote further bone growth.
It’s important that your jawbone receives the proper dental attention and stimulation it needs to support your teeth. Read below to learn more about how you can benefit from ridge augmentation and how it can also make you a better candidate for dental implants.
What Is a Ridge Augmentation?
A ridge augmentation is a simple procedure that’s performed to reconstruct your natural jawline and bone structure. This treatment is usually recommended for patients with low bone density due to missing teeth, decay, or other dental conditions such as periodontitis (gum disease). As bone loss occurs over time, your jawbone integrity begins to weaken, making you susceptible to further complications in the future.
Ridge augmentation improves your jaw’s strength by grafting healthy pieces of bone to the targeted area. This promotes natural growth and healing as well as leaving you with a durable smile without having to change your day-to-day life. For patients receiving dental implants, ridge augmentation can give your jawbone the strong base it needs to support your fixtures.
The Benefits of Ridge Augmentation
Having a healthy jawbone is integral to a strong and durable smile. That’s why it’s important to seek professional dental care if you have a weak jaw structure. Ridge augmentation offers many benefits to your smile besides strengthening your bone, including:
- Reversing gum disease and decay
- Providing stimulation to your jaw to support further growth
- Improving your overall candidacy for dental implants
- Maintaining your facial and teeth structure
The Ridge Augmentation Procedure
During your initial consultation with Dr. Pham, he’ll examine your oral health to determine if your smile will benefit from a ridge augmentation. Dr. Pham may also recommend this treatment as a supplemental procedure if you’re looking to receive dental implants.
Before beginning the procedure, a local anesthetic will be administered to ensure you won’t experience any pain or discomfort. Our San Jose office also offers sedation options for patients who may have anxiety about undergoing the process. Dr. Pham will start by first taking the bone graft material and securing it to your tooth socket. Next, gum tissue is placed and sealed over the area to allow it to heal while your bone integrates with the graft.
Patients who undergo a ridge augmentation typically take three to six months for their jaw to heal. Over time, the bone graft will naturally integrate with your jawbone, promoting further growth and density in the process. Depending on your treatment plan, you may return to our office to undergo further dental procedures such as dental implants.
Ridge Augmentation Candidacy
Dr. Pham will examine your jaw structure and overall oral health to determine whether ridge augmentation is the best procedure for your dental needs. This may include taking digital scans of your jawbone and surrounding teeth. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the procedure as well as bring up any concerns.
While ridge augmentation is the perfect solution for reversing the effects of gum disease and decay, this procedure can also be used as a supplemental procedure for other treatments such as dental implants.
Strengthen Your Jaw With Dr. Pham
A strong jaw is important for a healthy smile. At Contemporary Dental Arts, Dr. Pham can improve the density of your jawbone with ridge augmentation. Schedule an appointment at our San Jose, CA office by calling (408) 253-4150 or by filling out our online contact form to learn more about how your oral health can benefit from ridge augmentation. We look forward to giving you a strong smile that’ll last a lifetime.