Once a tooth has been extracted from the jaw, the remaining socket and bone surrounding begin to dissolve. This deterioration process can create an indentation (or sunken area) in the gums and reduce the density in the alveolar ridge area of your jawbone. When bone loss occurs, our trained periodontists may recommend a bone grafting procedure called ridge augmentation. Also known as vertical or horizontal alveolar ridge augmentation, this process uses bone grafts to reestablish the structure of the alveolar ridge, which is the region of the upper and lower jaws that supports the roots of the teeth. The augmentation procedure will return the bone back to its initial height and width to prepare your mouth for a dental implant. A ridge augmentation might also be performed for cosmetic reasons as bone loss in the jaw can lead to the collapse of facial structure and create an aging appearance. At Premier Periodontics in Bellevue, WA, ridge augmentation can be performed with numerous bone graft options. Schedule an appointment with our periodontal specialists to learn more about ridge augmentation, implants, and other procedures to reestablish oral health and wellness.
You may be a candidate for ridge augmentation if you have lost bone density in the alveolar ridge of your upper or lower arch. Bone loss may be due to prolonged tooth loss, tooth extractions, gum disease, or other oral complications. When a tooth is extracted, the roots leave behind sockets or spaces in the bone, which often collapse inward unless additional bone is added for support. If you wish to replenish the shape of your gums and jaw or boost bone density to support an implant, ridge augmentation could be a proper procedure to address your goals.
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What to Expect
Ridge augmentation is generally performed as an outpatient procedure and may be completed using IV or oral sedation with a local anesthetic. In many cases, a ridge augmentation procedure is performed immediately following a tooth extraction to preserve the area for future dental implant surgery. The first step in the procedure is to set the bone graft into the jawbone socket where the tooth was removed. Our highly trained surgeons use minimally invasive Piezoelectric techniques to prepare your jaw for the graft. We may also add growth factors into the grafting site to encourage natural bone growth and facilitate a faster healing response. Following that, your gums will be shaped over the bone graft prior to being sutured closed. It may be necessary, in some instances, for our team to add a second material to the graft in order to create the space and height to fully address your needs.
If you received sedation for your procedure, you will need to have a responsible friend or family member take you home and take care of you for a couple of hours. You may have some pain and discomfort following your ridge augmentation. Our periodontists will supply you with all your necessary recovery instructions, diet restrictions, and prescriptions to make certain you have a smooth recovery procedure. Please contact our office immediately if you have any questions or complications. A follow-up appointment may be scheduled to remove the sutures and allow our team to monitor your recovery. It generally takes around 6 – 9 months for the bone grafting site to fully heal and integrate with your existing jawbone.
In your initial consultation, we will customize your ridge augmentation treatment and help you choose the ideal bone grafting and sedation techniques. We can also review your insurance benefits with you to help you better understand your coverage and provide an estimate of any out-of-pocket expenses. Premier Periodontics accepts many payment methods and may be able to help you find low-interest financing to make your ridge augmentation easier to afford.
Rebuild bone density
Horizontal or vertical ridge augmentation can be very effective in rebuilding decreased bone density that results from tooth loss, gum disease, or other oral issues. This type of bone grafting technique can provide a solid foundation for your future implants and help you regain natural facial contours for a more youthful appearance. For more information on ridge augmentation and dental implants at Premier Periodontics, contact one of our Bellevue, WA area practices to schedule your visit.