Ridge Augmentation in Chandler, AZ
A ridge augmentation is a routine dental procedure often performed following a tooth extraction to help recreate the natural contour of the gums and jaw that may have been lost as a result of tooth extraction, or for another reason.
The alveolar ridge of the jaw is the bone that surrounds the roots of teeth. When a tooth is removed, an empty socket is left in the alveolar ridge bone. Usually this empty socket will heal on its own, filling with bone and soft tissue. Without the tooth in place the height and width of the socket will deteriorate.
Rebuilding the original height and width of the alveolar ridge may be required for dental implant placement or for cosmetic purposes. Dental Implants require bone to support their structure, and a ridge augmentation can help rebuild this bone to accommodate the implant.
Ridge Augmentation Procedure:
A ridge augmentation is accomplished by placing bone graft material in the tooth socket. It is often done immediately after the tooth is removed, to avoid the need for a second procedure later. Next, the gum tissue is placed over the socket and secured with sutures. Once the socket has healed, Dr. Scholes can prepare the area for dental implant placement. Ridge augmentation procedures are done in Dr. Scholes office under the comfort of local anesthetic.