Rebuilding Bone With Augmentation
Some patients who have had a tooth extracted replace it with a dental implant. However, for some, there may be bone loss after the extraction and a ridge augmentation may be recommended to help rebuild the bone. This will help with the implant placement and address other oral health issues that may have occurred after the tooth extraction.
Why get a ridge augmentation treatment?
The goal of this treatment is to have a patient’s gums and jaw return to their natural shapes if bone loss has taken place. The alveolar ridge surrounds the roots of the teeth, and there is an empty socket left after tooth extraction. The area then begins to shrink. Bone and tissue fill the space, helping it to often heal naturally. However, sometimes there is a break in the bone around the socket, causing it to heal improperly. Since dental implants need bone to support them, ridge augmentation can help provide this support.
How is the treatment done?
Grafting material is placed into the empty tooth socket. Then gum tissue is placed over the socket. The healing process can last from six to 12 months. Once it is completely healed, then the ridge is ready for implants or other dental restorations. The treatment is an in-office procedure, and patients are given local anesthesia and offered sedation if requested.
Schedule a ridge augmentation with us today
If you’re concerned about bone loss after a tooth extraction, ridge augmentation may help. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us by calling Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS, today at 913-681-5500. We also serve patients who live in Overland Park and all surrounding communities.