Hard Tissue Ridge Augmentation & Dental Implants
Ridge augmentations are common dental procedures where we will try to maintain or rebuild the natural ridge of the gumline to support a dental implant, or for other aesthetic reasons. Here at Implant & Periodontal Associates NW in Kenmore in Kenmore, we want all of our patients to have a smile that they can be proud of, which is why we offer so many great tooth replacement options. Dental implants are currently the best way to replace missing teeth with functional and permanent dental restorations, and sometimes ridge augmentation is necessary before an implant can be placed.
The Effects of Missing TeethWhen you have a tooth extracted, if a tooth is lost, or if you have missing teeth, it will leave a dent in the alveolar ridge. The alveolar ridge is the ridge of bone that gives the gums their form. Essentially, the alveolar ridge is the raised portion of the gums that your teeth are supported by, and where your teeth are centered. After extracting a tooth, we will give our patients the option of having a bone graft placed into the socket where the tooth was extracted.
Bone Loss Follows Tooth LossMany people view extraction as the solution to a badly infected tooth. This isn’t wrong when a tooth has suffered tremendous decay sometimes the best option is to remove it, but you should not stop there. It is very important to replace missing or extracted teeth right away, or else the issue can become much worse. Why is it that you should replace missing teeth? The bone in the jaw requires plenty of stimulation to stay healthy and keep the rest of your teeth healthy as well. The jaw bone, like any other part of the body, requires regular stimulation to keep adequate bone density and mass. When a tooth is extracted and not replaced the bone in the jaw will atrophy, and the surrounding teeth will be a great risk.
Dental Implants Can HelpDental implants give your jaw bone the stimulation that it needs to stay healthy so that you don’t risk the loss of more teeth. Just like your natural teeth, dental implants require plenty of healthy bone in your jaw to be successful. If you have experienced significant tooth loss over an extended period, there is a good chance that the alveolar ridge will need some a bone graft, or ridge augmentation procedure to be successful.
The Ridge Augmentation ProcedureRidge augmentation is a simple surgical procedure that can be performed in a few different ways. One option is to place a graft in the extraction site upon removal of the tooth to encourage healthy bone growth in the area in preparation for dental implant placement. If you have experienced bone loss over a long stretch of time, we will build up the ridge with a series of bone grafts according to your specific needs at the time of the procedure.
Learn More About Ridge Augmentation and ImplantsTo learn more about the ridge augmentation and dental implant procedure, call us today at 425.486.9111 to schedule a no-obligation implant consultation. We want to make sure that your tooth loss is corrected so that you can live the best life possible. We look forward to seeing you at our Kenmore office soon!