Preserving bone density in your upper and lower jaws is vital to keeping your mouth healthy enough for advanced restorations such as dental implants. While tooth socket grafts are a great way to protect your bone from a loss of density at the time of extraction, our team at Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry understands that not all of our patients had the opportunity for this procedure when they lost their teeth. This is why our professionals offer ridge augmentation, a form of bone grafting, to repair your alveolar ridges and prepare your mouth for dental implants.
When Is Ridge Augmentation Completed?
Ridge augmentation refers to a specific type of bone graft procedure that is focused on repairing your alveolar ridge. This ridge is the area of your jawbone that extends into the gumline and is responsible for securely holding your tooth roots in place. The procedure is referred to as ridge augmentation when it is done after tooth loss and bone loss has occurred. If the process is completed at the time of a multiple tooth extraction, then it is referred to as ridge preservation.
While a tooth socket graft refers to preserving the ridge at the location of a single tooth, a ridge augmentation refers to placing graft material in multiple sockets or even throughout the entire ridge. As with a tooth socket graft, a ridge preservation graft provides the best results. However, our professionals can still successfully perform this procedure after tooth loss has occurred and still provide you with a positive outcome. The material used for this graft will either come from a cadaver donor or will be made from a synthetic material that is combined with your bone.
Why Is Ridge Augmentation Necessary?
Ridge augmentation is necessary when there is a substantial amount of time between tooth loss or extraction and the placement of dental implants. This procedure fortifies your alveolar ridge and makes it more suitable to receive dental implants. As with other types of bone grafts, our team must wait until the bone has fully fused with your jaw before the next phase of treatment can begin. This can take as long as one year but generally occurs in a few months.
Ridge augmentation also serves to protect your gums from receding and preserves the integrity of your facial structure. If you are missing a substantial amount of teeth, your jawbone will begin to be resorbed over time. This can result in having less pronounced facial features and even make you more susceptible to injury. Ridge augmentation aids in protecting you from these oft-overlooked consequences of tooth loss while you explore more permanent restoration options, such as dental implants or implant-supported dentures.
If you have experienced tooth loss or are in need of multiple tooth extractions, then it is important that you consider a ridge augmentation graft to protect the health of your jaw and gums. Our professionals at Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry can assess your case and develop a custom treatment plan for you. They can also determine if you are a good candidate for ridge augmentation or dental implants. You can schedule your appointment by calling our office at (657) 341-0808 today.