Before Getting Dental Implants
To prevent failure, dental implants need to be inserted in a healthy and strong jawbone that has sufficient space. Therefore, having ridge deformities can present a huge challenge when inserting dental implants due to insufficient or weakened bone structure. On top of that, ridge deformities can present aesthetic problems by altering your facial appearance. Ridge deformities are, however, treatable using ridge augmentation, a dental procedure that you can receive at Periodontal Associates.
What is Ridge Augmentation?
Ridge augmentation is an oral surgery procedure that is performed to fix various deformities of the jaws. The procedure aims to restore the perfect ridge structure - by improving the shape and size of the alveolar ridges. It involves the use of bone grafting to generate bone tissue in the area where the deformities are located.
Depending on the type of dental situation involved, ridge augmentation can be focused only on a tooth socket(s) or involving a large section (or the entirety) of the ridge.
What Causes Ridge Deformities?
Ridge deformities requiring ridge augmentation can be caused by some reasons. Below are the most common ones:
How is a Ridge Augmentation Procedure Performed?
The ridge augmentation procedure is a simple procedure that is carried out in a single visit. On the day of the procedure, you are placed under anesthesia (which can also be combined with sedation) to relax you and ensure that you do not feel pain. An incision is then made in the gums, around the area where the deformity is. A bone grafting material is placed along the ridge, or in the case of localized augmentation, inside the tooth socket. The wound is then closed up by stitching together the surrounding gum tissue.
For the tooth socket regeneration, the procedure is usually carried out immediately after tooth extraction. This helps to prevent the need for a second surgery down the line.
At Periodontal Associates, we help to prepare you for the dental implant procedure by using ridge augmentation to restore or maintain a perfect jawbone structure. Get in touch with us today at (971) 317-8414 for any questions you might have about the procedure.