Do you need to have a ridge augmentation performed? Here at Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery, we can help. Our oral surgeons Dr. Falk and Dr. Krieger can help to change the gum ridge following an extraction, giving you a more aesthetic look and better function. If you plan on getting dental implants, this procedure can help rebuild the sockets, allowing your dental implants to be more likely to succeed. For more information, or to talk to us about ridge augmentation, call us today!
Ridge Augmentation – What is it?While a ridge augmentation is a relatively common procedure to perform, that doesn't mean it is commonly known about. After a tooth is extracted, we would go through and help to reshape, or augment, the ridge of your remaining gum tissue to look like it did when your tooth was there and the gums were healthy. Typically, after a tooth is extracted, the socket succumbs to bone loss and the gums begin to deteriorate. The socket could have deteriorated for other reasons as well, such as gum disease.
Ridge augmentation happens after the extraction. This can happen years after an extraction, or even during the same procedure to avoid another procedure down the line. The bone that covers the roots of your teeth is called the alveolar ridge. After a tooth gets removed, that socket sits empty within your alveolar ridge bone. This bone often fills in on its own with tissue and bone upon healing from the extraction. However, occasionally following an extraction, that socket is not able to heal properly, often due to the bone breaking during the extraction. This lack of healing will lead to additional deterioration of both the width and the height of your original gum tissue.
It is not typically medically necessary to rebuild the alveolar ridge to its original width and height. However, it may be more aesthetically pleasing, or it could become necessary if you choose to get dental implants. Since implants require the jaw bone to be strong, the augmentation of your alveolar ridge can become necessary to support the new implant.
How Is a Ridge Augmentation Accomplished?A bone graft material is used to accomplish a ridge augmentation. It is placed atop your jaw bone, then covered with your gum tissue and held in place with sutures while it heals. Our oral surgeons, Dr. Falk and Dr. Krieger, might opt to put a space-maintaining product on top of your new graft, as this can boost new bone growth. After the graft and augmentation have healed, the ridge can then be prepared to receive a dental implant abutment.
If you need a ridge augmentation here at Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery, our oral surgeons often perform the procedure with just local anesthesia. However, you can request sedative medication if you would prefer. To find out more about a ridge augmentation, or to consult about having the procedure performed, give us a call today! Centennial Hills: (702) 660-5574, Summerlin: (702) 660-5576