Ridge augmentation is a process where the natural contours of the gums and the underlying bone are corrected especially after a tooth extraction procedure.
The procedure may also be carried out to correct the alveolar ridge after an injury, accident, or gum disease that leads to the deterioration of the jawbone.
The alveolar ridge is the portion of the jaw that surrounds the teeth and holds them all together. When the bone deteriorates, there is not enough bone to hold together dental implants or dentures. If your bone has deteriorated, our dentist may recommend an alveolar ridge correction procedure.
The purpose of the procedure is to encourage the process of bone regeneration. The procedure is done under local anesthesia. An incision is made in the gum tissue in order to pull back the gums and expose the underlying bone.
Graft materials are then introduced into the jawbone. Growth factors may be injected into the site to facilitate the regeneration of tissue and encourage faster healing. A membrane is placed on the site to seal it. Ridge augmentation takes approximately six months to heal.
Cosmetic and Functional Purpose
Even if the alveolar ridge has deteriorated due to trauma or gum disease, the procedure is not absolutely necessary from a medical standpoint.
However, if you're going to get an implant, particularly for a missing front tooth, you will have to undergo the procedure. Incisors are not only important in chewing food, they also help us to pronounce words correctly.
Additionally, the alveolar ridge may be corrected for cosmetic reasons. The ridge may need to be repositioned to ensure that the teeth are aligned correctly.
Having teeth that are aesthetically pleasing can help boost your confidence and self esteem and this can dramatically improve life. If you are wondering whether you need ridge augmentation surgery, call us today, we'll be glad to answer your questions.