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Ridge Augmentation

What is a Ridge Augmentation?

  • A ridge augmentation is a common dental procedure often performed following a tooth extraction.
  • This procedure helps recreate the natural contour of the gums and jaw that may have been lost due to bone loss from a tooth extraction, or for another reason.

  • The alveolar ridge of the jaw is the bone that surrounds the roots of teeth.
  • When a tooth is removed an empty socket is left in the alveolar ridge bone.
  • Usually this empty socket will heal on its own, filling with bone and tissue.
  • Sometimes when a tooth is removed the bone surrounding the socket breaks and is unable to heal on its own.
  • The previous height and width of the socket will continue to deteriorate.

  • Rebuilding the original height and width of the alveolar ridge is not always medically necessary, but may be required for dental implant placement or for aesthetic purposes.
  • Dental implants require bone to support their structure and a ridge augmentation can help rebuild this bone to accommodate the implant.

How is the procedure Accomplished?

  • A ridge augmentation is accomplished by placing bone graft material in the tooth socket.
  • It is often done immediately after the tooth is removed to avoid the need for a second procedure later.
  • Next, the gum tissue is placed over the socket and secured with sutures.
  • Dr. Ravi & Rod may choose to use a space-maintaining product over the top of the graft to facilitate new bone growth.
  • Once the socket has healed, the alveolar ridge can be prepared for dental implant placement.

  • A ridge augmentation procedure is typically performed in Dr. Ravi & Rod's office under local anesthesia.
  • Some patients may also request sedative medication.