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Ridge Augmentation Columbus OH

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Ridge Augmentation Columbus OH

"Because we believe that great dentistry and great health affects your
every smile, every conversation, every meal, and every kiss profoundly"

Ridge Augmentation

A ridge augmentation procedure involves placing either soft tissue (gum tissue) or hard tissue (bone tissue) to an area in the mouth for adjustment. This is a surgical procedure that aims to increase the bone or gum tissue within a certain area of the mouth for aesthetic and functionality reasons.

The procedure is intended especially for the insertion of dental implants. When the bone is increased in width and/or height, this ensures the implant has stability in the jaw bone to guarantee its longevity. A ridge augmentation procedure may be necessary simply for aesthetic reasons, or it may be needed to hold implants in place after a tooth has been lost or removed. Other reasons as to why someone may need a ridge augmentation are listed below.

Why Would I Need a Ridge Augmentation?

  • Gum disease that has caused the tissue to deteriorate
  • Developmental defects that have not allowed enough gum or bone tissue to form in areas of the mouth
  • Oral trauma, such as a tooth that is impacted below gum or bone tissue
  • Wearing dentures could deteriorate the jaw bone and affect the gums in surrounding areas
  • Missing teeth will cause a deterioration of the jawbone

Ridge Augmentation Procedure

For a soft tissue (gum) ridge augmentation, a small incision is made in the affected area of the patient’s mouth, and the bone beneath the gum is exposed. In gum grafting, a piece of soft tissue is taken from another place in the mouth and inserted into the area. The incision is then sutured together and allowed to heal. This procedure is typically done with the patient under a form of local anesthetic or sedation. We want to be sure the patient is completely comfortable during this procedure and that no pain or pressure is felt.

For a hard tissue ridge augmentation, an incision is made to expose the bone, and a dental bone graft is placed in the area and allowed to heal itself into the existing bone. This can typically be done immediately after a tooth extraction as well. Once the bone graft is placed, the socket is sutured with gum tissue on top. Healing time of 6 to 12 months is usually necessary before implants can be placed in the area.

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What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are the #1 recommended tooth replacement option among all dental professionals. Patients have the option to replace missing (or newly extracted) teeth with a dental implant that will not only look like a natural tooth but feel like one as well. Dental implants are made of three parts, a titanium post (that acts like a tooth root), an abutment, and the dental crown (or bridge).

The titanium post is inserted into the patient’s jaw bone to mimic the strength of a tooth root. The titanium material will begin to fuse together with the jaw bone in order to maintain the needed strength to withstand a normal pressure of a bite. Once the post has fused with the jaw bone, the abutment and the dental restoration is added thereafter. The fusion of the bone to the titanium post could take months as well to ensure the strength is able to withstand the weight of a crown and give the stability it needs.

If the patient does not have enough jaw bone strength below the missing tooth, a bone graft will be needed.

Why Does Jaw Bone Deteriorate?

Many patients are unaware that a jaw bone begins to deteriorate the second a tooth falls out. When there is a missing space in the jaw bone, the bite pressure of the patient isn’t evenly distributed, therefore the jaw bone is left unchallenged and begins to weaken. It’s incredibly important to replace a tooth before the jaw bone deteriorates too much. If the jaw bone has deteriorated enough to wear it cannot withstand the strength of an implant, a ridge augmentation will be needed to reverse this process.

Thankfully, a bone graft procedure can strengthen a jawbone in the area of the missing tooth. The ridge augmentation will need months to heal, however, when it is ready, an implant can be inserted and can sit stable in the jaw bone without fear of cracking or chipping.

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Post Ridge Augmentation Surgery

Every treatment for ridge augmentation surgery is customized to every patient. We understand your need for a tailored surgery, and we are happy to discuss all steps needed to help you be on your way to a healthy smile journey.

The entire ridge augmentation process will vary from patient to patient. It may take up to a year for a patient to be fully recovered after an extraction, the bone graft, the healing, the implant and the full healing process after that.

Your periodontist will give you a specific recovery plan for each step of this process in according to what you would need individually. With each procedure, every periodontist will recommend staying away from hard foods that could affect the stitching of the procedure or possibly elongate the healing time of the bone graft.

Smokers are encouraged to stay away from all forms of tobacco as these products will lengthen the healing time of any procedure. The act of smoking will lift up blood clots up from forming and will affect the healing process. The same act can be done by drinking through a straw.

It’s always recommended to spend a day or two resting after each major procedure. Talking and chewing can be difficult after a ridge augmentation and after a dental implant insertion.

If you have any further questions about ridge augmentation or gum grafting/dental bone grafting, please be sure to give our office a call or contact us online via our Contact Form. We have trained professionals waiting to answer your questions. It is important to remember that there are always options to help the health, function, and aesthetic of your smile- and we are happy to be along for the journey!