The Basics of a Ridge Augmentation
- Posted on: Jan 15 2019
You may not know this, but when you lose a tooth other parts of your mouth can be negatively impacted by it. To help you avoid any future problems, we use a procedure called a ridge augmentation at Clear Lake Dental Care. If we have recently recommended that you get a ridge augmentation, you may not know the first thing about this type of procedure. Let’s take a closer look at some answers to frequently asked questions.
What Is a Ridge Augmentation?
When a tooth has been removed, your gum line can lose its natural contour because of bone loss during the extraction or for another reason. During a ridge augmentation, we help to recreate the natural contours of the gumline to give you back your gums natural contours while also filling in your empty socket.
Why Is a Ridge Augmentation Important?
When you have a tooth extracted you are leaving a tooth socket vacant. When you have a vacant socket, you are putting yourself at risk of getting an infection because food and bacteria can get stuck inside the socket. When we fill in the socket, we help you get rid of the chances of an infection.
How Is a Ridge Augmentation Performed?
Similar to a bone graft procedure, we will use a bone substitute material to fill in the socket and even out your gum line. Once we have placed the bone graft material in the socket, we will cover it with gum tissue to give your gum line a more natural look. Not only does this make your gums look better, but it also helps make your gum ridges strong so that you can have dental implants placed in them.
During your initial consultation with us, we will go over all of these things in more detail. To learn more about ridge augmentation, contact our Webster office and call us at 281-557-8097.