What is a Ridge Augmentation?
A ridge augmentation is performed after a tooth has been lost to help recreate the natural contour of the gums and bone that may have been lost as a result of a 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 lost, an empty socket is left in the alveolar bone. Usually this empty socket will heal on its own, filling with bone and tissue. The previous height and width of the socket will continue to deteriorate.
Rebuilding the original height and width of the alveolar ridge is not medically necessary, but may be required for dental implant placement, or for aesthetic purposes. Dental implants require bone to support their structure, and a ridge augmentation can help rebuild this bone to accommodate the implant.
A ridge augmentation procedure is typically performed in Dr. Filippi’s office under local anesthesia. Some patients may also request sedative medication in addition.
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 minimize the need for a second procedure later. Once the socket has healed, the alveolar ridge can be prepared for dental implant placement.