A ridge deficiency can prevent a patient from receiving a dental implant. Ridge deficiencies may be caused by developmental defects, lack of preservation, trauma to the face, denture use, or periodontal disease. The loss of bone will leave your jaw in a condition which may be inadequate for the placement of dental implants, dentures, or bridges.
At Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists, we perform a surgical procedure, known as a ridge augmentation, to improve the shape and size of the alveolar ridge. A ridge augmentation is an excellent way to halt the process of bone deterioration and prepare a patient for dental implant surgery.
The alveolar ridge is the bone that surrounds the roots of your teeth. After a tooth is removed, the empty socket will fill in with other bone and tissue. However, the walls of a socket are thin and tend to break during an extraction. This may prevent the socket from healing to the proper width and height. Over time, this area will continue to lose bone, because there is no tooth to provide physical stimulation. Without stimulation, the bone with resorbing into the bloodstream.
Socket preservation, also known as localized alveolar ridge augmentation, is performed following the extraction of a tooth. Rebuilding the width and height of a socket is not critical to your overall health, but it is critical if you would like to receive a dental implant. An adequate amount of bone provides a sturdy foundation and ensures the success of your implant surgery.
Most socket preservations are performed under local anesthetic. For patients with fears or anxieties related to oral surgery, we also offer several forms of sedation. During the procedure, our dentists will place graft material into the newly empty socket. Then, we will position the gum tissue over the socket and suture the area. Once your socket has fully healed, we can begin with implant treatment.
Full Ridge Augmentation
In some cases, the entire ridge may need to be augmented to receive one or more dental implants. If this is the case, we will use the same basic technique of socket preservation, only over a more extensive area. Patients that have advanced tooth loss, or did not preserve the bone immediately after an extraction, may need a more extensive augmentation. If your tooth lost remains untreated for an extended period, it is likely you will need a larger graft.
After a Ridge Augmentation
After your ridge augmentation, you will be given a set of post-operative instructions. Following the instructions is critical to the success of the procedure, and your overall comfort. Be sure to limit your physical activity for the first day or two to minimize potential complications. Typically, we prescribe pain medication and antibiotics, to reduce any pain and the risk of infection. You may be given a temporary restoration to use during your recovery. We may also suggest a soft foods diet to protect the surgical site, and prevent any unnecessary strain.
Schedule a Consultation Appointment
If you would like to receive a dental implant, contact Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists. Call (469) 757-4433, and schedule your consultation appointment today!