Ridge Augmentation Procedure
Ridge augmentation is a common dental procedure that can be carried out after tooth extraction. It helps to re-create jawbone that may have been lost due to tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction or disease. The jawbone consists of a special type of bone called alveolar bone, and the alveolar ridge surrounds the roots of teeth. When a tooth is removed then an empty socket remains in the alveolar ridge, and this will generally heal naturally, filling up with new jawbone and gum tissue. However, sometimes we see in our Midtown, NYC office that the alveolar ridge is too fragile and thin to heal properly on its own, and will continue to lose bone, and the height and width of the alveolar ridge will gradually decrease. This can create problems with facial appearance, and could affect any future dental implants.
Ridge Augmentation Support Dental Implant
Dental implants must be surrounded by a certain amount of healthy and strong bone, and a ridge augmentation can help rebuild the alveolar ridge to support the implant. A ridge augmentation can be carried out immediately after the tooth is removed through placing bone graft material in the empty tooth socket. Afterwards the gum tissue is secured over the socket and graft with stitches. Alternatively a ridge augmentation can be carried out at a later date.
Ridge augmentations generally need to be left to heal and mature for between six and 12 months before the dental implants can be placed, although sometimes the implant will be placed at the same time as the ridge augmentation (ridge augmentation for dental implants). A soft tissue ridge augmentation can also be carried out and replaces lost gum tissue, ensuring the alveolar ridge has the correct contours to provide good aesthetic results once the implant has been finished.
Ridge Augmentation Recovery
We will provide full postoperative instructions, and we may prescribe antibiotics and pain medication. You will need to limit physical activity for the first few days after surgery as this will help minimize bleeding and will aid healing. If necessary, we can provide you with a temporary bridge or other prosthesis to be used during healing. Once the alveolar ridge has healed, the graft should be strong enough for dental implant support or other restoration.
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