A ridge augmentation procedure involves adding either soft tissue (gum tissue) or hard tissue (bone) to an area in the mouth. The procedure may be necessary for any number of reasons, including:
- Gum disease that has caused the tissue to deteriorate
- Developmental defects that resulted in not enough tissue growing in at certain places in the mouth
- Oral trauma, such as losing a tooth due to an impact
- Wearing dentures
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.
Ridge Augmentation Procedure
For a soft tissue ridge augmentation, an incision is made in the affected area of the patient’s mouth and the bone beneath the gum is exposed. 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.
For a hard tissue ridge augmentation, an incision is made to expose the bone, and a bone graft is placed in the area and allowed to heal itself into the existing bone. A healing time of six to 12 months is usually necessary before implants can be placed in the area.
Schedule a Ridge Augmentation with Stoner Periodontic Specialists
Dr. Jason C. Stoner and Dr. Daniel Murphy perform ridge augmentations at their Dublin and New Albany offices in Columbus, Ohio. Please call (614) 889-8222 or click here to schedule an online appointment.