There are a number of different types of bone grafts which can be used to increase and improve mass and strength in the jawbone. In fact, many times one of these procedures may be needed in order to prepare for the patient for dental implant placement. Examples include block bone grafting, sinus lifts, tooth socket grafts and others. Another specialized type of dental bone graft is what is known as a ridge augmentation.
Our oral health care experts here at Advanced Dental Specialty Group are experienced in all types of grafting procedures and have performed countless numbers of them for our many patients over the years.
Basic Information Regarding Ridge Augmentations
A ridge augmentation is a treatment which focuses on the section called the alveolar ridge. This refers to the area of the roots of the teeth which are covered by the jawbone. When this ridge and the gum tissue surrounding it lose their shape and form, it needs to be addressed. These issues have to do with the width or height of the ridge. Without proper treatment, it is highly unlikely that the patient would be able to undergo successful dental implant placement.
How This Procedure Works
Bone grafts are inserted into the areas of this ridge that have lost significant amounts of bone volume and size. When the surrounding connective soft tissue has also resorbed and/or deteriorated, gum tissue replacement surgery is usually also required.
For the best results, it is important to have this procedure performed immediately following the loss or extraction of a tooth. This is due to the fact that from the very moment the tooth leaves the socket the area begins to collapse in on itself. If left unaddressed, this will create the need for further treatment before being able to receive your implants.
Reasons It Might Be Necessary
There are many possible causes as to why the alveolar ridge may lose its shape or become deformed. Sometimes it is due to a birth defect or genetic disorder. Other times it may be because of an accident or injury which involved significant facial trauma. Most of the time it is the result of gum disease.
Regardless of the reason, failure to have a ridge augmentation will most likely lead to continued deterioration and even changes in the shape and appearance of the face, particularly in the cheeks and lips.
What to Expect During the Procedure
A ridge augmentation is broken down into different parts. The first part is taking measurements to determine the exact size and shape of replacement bone to graft on. After that, the procedure begins by lifting up the gums from the target area. Next, a member of our staff will place the harvested bone into the section suffering from bone loss. Finally, the incisions are sewn up and the patient will begin the recovery process.
If you would like to learn more about ridge augmentations and what they can do for you, our dental care providers here at Advanced Dental Specialty Group would be happy to help you in any way we can. You can get in touch with our clinic by calling 385 381-6464.