What is a Ridge Augmentation?

Ridge augmentation is a very commonplace dental procedure required by many patients following a tooth extraction. Ridge augmentation recreates the natural contour of the gums and jaw, which may have been altered due to tooth extraction and accompanying bone loss.

This procedure centers on the alveolar ridge, a bone that surrounds the tooth roots. When a tooth is extracted, it leaves an empty socket in the alveolar ridge. Often, these sockets heal on their own. When the socket breaks, it may not be able to heal on its own, resulting in ongoing deterioration.

While not always a medical necessity, rebuilding the original height and width of the alveolar ridge can be important for preparing the mouth for dental implants or aesthetic reasons.

How is a Ridge Augmentation Accomplished?

Your oral surgeon will place bone graft material on the socket. This will often be done immediately following the extraction, which eliminates the need to have a second procedure later. Gum tissue is then placed over the socket and held in place with sutures. After the socket has healed, the alveolar ridge can be readied for the placement of a dental implant.

Note that this procedure is typically performed here in the office under local anesthesia. Additional sedation options may be available as needed.

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