Ridge Augmentation

What is a ridge augmentation?

During tooth extraction, a minimally invasive technique preserves the bone that encases the tooth root. Normal healing at extraction sockets can cause resorption of the leftover ridge of bone. To combat this process, ridge augmentation is a procedure in which bone replacement grafts are used to replace the bone that has been lost after the tooth has been extracted. Careful management of the tissues during this procedure prevents unsightly bone loss and a better cosmetic outcome of tooth replacement. This will allow patients to further consider future implant treatment, more bone to retain dentures, or areas more easily cleaned under crown and bridgework.

Ridge Augmentation procedures can greatly improve your smile’s appearance and increase your chances for successful dental implants and other restorations for years to come. Several techniques can be used to preserve the bone and minimize bone loss adjacent to the socket immediately after an extraction. In one common technique, the tooth is removed and the socket and any associated deformity are then filled with bone or bone substitute and may be covered with a bio-compatible barrier and/or treated with tissue-stimulating proteins to encourage your body’s natural ability to repair itself by regenerating lost bone and tissue.

Finally, the gum is closed and healing is allowed to take place. Depending on your individual needs, the bone usually will be allowed to develop for about three to six months before your restorative treatment can be completed or an dental implant can be placed.