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Ridge Augmentation

Jawbone atrophy in the gap left by a missing tooth can give your lips a sunken appearance and lead to further tooth loss.

Ridge augmentation can provide much-needed support to your jaw, allowing you to qualify for dental implants.

Learn how Dr. Roger B. Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart in Jackson, MS, can address bone loss with ridge augmentation treatment. 

What Is Ridge Augmentation?

About the Procedure

Ridge augmentation is a bone graft treatment performed to restore bone tissue and support to the upper or lower alveolar ridge.

The alveolar ridge is the part of the jaw that contains tooth sockets. By rebuilding the alveolar ridge using bone grafts, your dentist can provide the necessary bone structure to support dental implants and preserve your facial appearance.

When Is It Necessary?

Ridge augmentation is necessary if a person needs to increase jawbone density to ensure proper implant placement.

After a patient experiences tooth loss, the bone of the alveolar ridge can begin to atrophy, leading to bone loss. 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.

See How Ridge Augmentation Works

Dr. Roger B. Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart explain why patients may need ridge augmentation. When a patient loses teeth, the jaw no longer has the stimulation it needs from the tooth roots and begins to deteriorate. Through grafting, our doctors can help restore the bone structure to help you qualify for implant-supported restorations.

Restore the Density of Your Jaw Call Us Today for Ridge Augmentation!

At Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A., our dentists have over 40 years of experience in providing high-quality care to patients. We focus on safety and maintaining a clean, comfortable facility.

If you've suffered tooth loss and subsequent bone atrophy, we can discuss ridge augmentation and other bone grafting options that may be right for you. Our dentists are committed to ongoing training to ensure they use the best tools and techniques. We offer multiple forms of sedation for complete comfort during your treatment.

Send us a message to request an initial consultation or give our Jackson, MS, office a call today!

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I had a great experience with Dr. Parkes, and his staff. They made me feel like family. They were comforting, kind, caring and patient. They took time explaining the procedure and answering any questions that I had and gave a very good goodie bag. After my procedure they escorted me to my person that was driving me home and explained what needed to be done. They went above and beyond. I greatly appreciate them and would recommend them to anyone needing implants, have gum disease or and periodontal work.

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Dr. Roger Parks and his staff are extremely professional and compassionate! Their personal attention was invaluable to me before, during, and after my surgery! Very grateful!

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Ridge Augmentation Treatment

Ridge augmentation restores bone density to the jaw and allows patients to qualify for dental implants. 
Ridge augmentation restores bone density to the jaw and allows patients to qualify for dental implants. 

Initial Consultation

During your initial consultation, Dr. Parkes or Dr. Stewart will examine your mouth and discuss your oral health history as well as your dental goals. This will help determine if ridge augmentation treatment is right for you. Our office will then schedule your ridge augmentation procedure.


On the day of your procedure, your periodontist will begin by administering anesthesia. Depending on your needs, this can be local or general. Our practice offers different types of sedation to ensure you are completely comfortable throughout the procedure. 

Ridge Restoration

Once you are numbed or under general anesthesia, Dr. Parkes or Dr. Stewart will make incisions in the gums to get to the underlying bone tissue. Your doctor will take bone grafts from another area of your body or from a donor. Synthetic grafting material may also be used as it can help with bone regeneration. These synthetic grafts are biocompatible and contain special proteins called growth factors that help promote new bone development and healing. The grafts are placed along the alveolar ridge in areas of bone loss. 


Once the bone grafts are in place, the doctor will suture the incisions closed. As you heal, the bone grafts will fuse to the alveolar ridge over the next six to nine months. You should refrain from strenuous activity, using a straw, and spitting for at least the first 24 to 48 hours. A soft diet is often suggested for the first several days. Your doctor will provide you with detailed suture and incision instructions to help the ridge heal properly and to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible as you recover. 

Before and After Ridge Augmentation

Illustration of a tooth gap before ridge augmentation
Before Without the necessary root structure, the bone of your jaw will gradually recede.
Illustration of a tooth gap after ridge augmentation
After Ridge augmentation helps to create a solid foundation for dental implants and restorations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the ridge augmentation procedure hurt?

No, you will be completely numbed or placed under general anesthesia for the procedure so that you do not feel any pain. However, there may be some discomfort as the ridge heals and the bone fuses. Your doctors will work with you to help you manage your pain and keep your discomfort to a minimum. If you find that you cannot manage your pain while at home, contact our office so your doctor can address your pain as soon as possible.

How long after the grafting procedure do I have to wait for implants?

It is very important that your mouth be given time to heal before implants can be placed. This ensures a strong foundation for your implants and implant restorations. Healing times vary by patient, and the healing process takes six to nine months. With a strong foundation, your implants can last a lifetime. The ultimate goal is to not only replace your missing teeth but to stop and prevent further bone loss for optimal oral health. 

Does insurance cover ridge augmentation?

Insurance coverage varies by plan and provider. However, we will run a complimentary insurance evaluation to determine if your insurance will cover your treatment and what, if any, out-of-pocket costs you may have. We also accept CareCredit® financing at our Jackson, MS, dental practice to help finance any costs that your insurance may not provide. 

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Alex S.


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What I liked best about this dental office was not only the great work they did for me but their honesty and compassion for my situation. Everyone here is top notch from the doctors to the staff. Great periodontists in Jackson, MS!

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Ester Esterline


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My experience here was far beyond my expectations. I always felt comfortable and was treated kindly by everyone. Dr. Parkes offers the latest technology in his field. The results he achieved for me were terrific. I look and feel so much better. I can smile with confidence. Something I haven't been able to do in years. I highly recommend Periodontal Associates of Jackson.

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Dr. Roger B Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart

Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A.

Our periodontists, Dr. Roger B. Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart are committed to providing patients in Clinton, Ridgeland, and Jackson, MS, with high-quality care in a comfortable setting. They are affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association
  • Jackson Dental Society

To schedule a consultation at our periodontal practice, contact us online or call (601) 956-1230.

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"Thank you for everything! You have a very friendly office where people greet you by name. Everyone makes me feel at ease and welcome as if I'm the only patient you have. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my periodontal treatment. Kudos to Dr. Parkes and his staff." Alex S.

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