Ridge augmentation procedures are quite common after a tooth extraction is completed. The ridge augmentation helps to regenerate the gum and jaw area that may have experienced bone loss due to the tooth extraction, or for other various reasons.
What is a Ridge Augmentation?
When a tooth is removed, the alveolar ridge has a gap or empty socket from the missing tooth. It is possible for the bone and tissue to regenerate on its own in the empty socket, but many times the lack of stimulation in the area will lead to further deterioration.
A ridge augmentation rebuilds the specific height and width of the alveolar ridge to strengthen the area and prevent deterioration of the socket. This ridge augmentation allows dental implants or other structures to be placed and helps rebuild the bone in the area.
How Is This Accomplished?
Ridge Augmentation is accomplished by preserving the ridge through a bone graft material that is placed into the tooth socket. It is typical for this material to be implemented immediately upon extracting a tooth if at all possible.
After the material has been placed, the gum tissue is sutured and everything is secured. The socket is then allowed time to heal prior to preparing a dental implant for the socket. Ridge augmentation procedures are typically performed utilizing a local anesthetic, but sedation is also available as needed.