What Is a Ridge Augmentation?
A ridge augmentation is common in dental practice and is often performed after a tooth extraction to assist in recreating the natural contour of the gums and jaw that may have been lost due to bone loss as a result of a tooth extraction.
Who Needs an Augmentation?
Ridge augmentation is needed for patients that have severe distortion of the cleft or a crease in the gum. This large depression in the gum is unattractive and traps food. This is most often treated before fabrication of replacement teeth or a new dental bridge.
What Does the Treatment Do?
The main purpose of ridge augmentation is to build the gum tissue up. This will allow the dentist to create tooth replacements that emerge from natural-looking gum. This procedure makes the gum line aesthetically more pleasing and offers more natural-looking teeth.
What Does the Process Look Like?
Ridge augmentation is a surgical procedure. During it, your periodontist will pull away your gums to get to the jawbone ridge. Then the doctor will fill the deteriorated part of your gum with a bone-like substance. This will restore the ridge of your jawbone to its actual shape.
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Restoring Lost Bone
This technique is used to restore the lost bone dimension of the jaw ridge. The bone graft material will be placed and matured. Usually the gum tissue is taken from another area of the mouth, like the palate. Once this procedure has healed and recovered, the oral implant can be placed. The healing time varies per case and usually takes a few months.
How Does This Help My Smile?
Ridge augmentation is an effective procedure that will correct the defects caused by bone loss and recession of the gum where teeth are missing. Ridge augmentation allows for a more effective opportunity to create a natural, aesthetic smile.
Ridge augmentation has been shown to greatly improve appearance and increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come. Ridge modification can enhance your restorative success both aesthetically and functionally, leaving you with a natural-looking smile.