Ridge Augmentation: Creating a Strong Foundation for Dental Implants
Dental implants are small metal posts that are surgically placed in the jaw to provide unparalleled support for natural-looking, durable restorations. However, some patients will find that they are not suitable candidates for dental implants because they lack sufficient jaw bone structure to support the titanium posts. At Periodontal Associates of Jackson, PA, Drs. Roger B. Parkes and R. Clarke Stewart are highly trained in performing ridge augmentation procedures, which involve using bone graft material to restore strength to atrophied jaw bones. We can determine if ridge augmentation can help you qualify for dental implants at our Jackson, MS, periodontal practice. To schedule a consultation with one of our doctors, contact us today.
When is Ridge Augmentation Necessary?
Ridge augmentation is performed to restore structure to the upper or lower alveolar ridge, which is the part of the jaw that contains tooth sockets. After a patient experiences tooth loss, the bone of the alveolar ridge can begin to recede. Over time, this bone recession can become so severe that the patient will no longer have the necessary bone density to support a dental implant. This bone recession can also lead to a number of oral health concerns, including further tooth loss. By rebuilding the alveolar ridge using grafting material, we can allow for the successful placement of dental implants and preserve the patient's facial structure.
Video: Understanding Ridge Augmentation
The Ridge Augmentation Procedure
To begin your procedure, Dr. Parkes or Dr. Stewart will make incisions in the gum tissue to gain access to the underlying bone. Your doctor will then place bone grafting material in recessed areas. After the affected area has been sufficiently treated, the incisions in the gum tissue will be sutured closed. The entire procedure can be completed during a single brief appointment.
After surgery, the bone grafting material will gradually restore the density of the ridge. We can use grafting material that is taken from another area on your body or from a donor. We may also use synthetic grafting material, which can help with bone regeneration. Synthetic grafting materials are completely biocompatible and may contain concentrated growth factors to aid in your recovery. Growth factors are special proteins that stimulate the body's natural healing response, promoting new bone development.
Patients will typically require several months of healing between ridge augmentation and dental implants placement. Dr. Parkes or Dr. Stewart will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions to help make your recovery period as comfortable as possible. You may also discuss with your doctor the possibility of wearing a temporary dental prosthetic during the recovery period.
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In order to restore your smile with dental implants, ridge augmentation or another type of oral surgery may be required beforehand. Although the road to a restored smile may take several months, it is very important to create a solid foundation for dental implants, which have the potential to last a lifetime. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, ridge augmentation, or other preparatory procedures, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.