Sometimes after an extraction or when a tooth is lost, a sunken spot or concave appearance can develop in the gum line. As a result, the jawbone surrounding the dental cavity of the lost tooth begins to deteriorate and lose its shape. This deterioration of the jawbone makes dental implants very difficult to receive without a little help. Ridge augmentation is a process by which the jawbone can be reformed to allow for the placement of dental implants.
Ridge augmentations begin with the administration of a local anesthetic used to numb treatment areas and prevent pain. Graft material will then be placed into the tooth socket where the missing tooth once was. We will then pull surrounding gum tissue over the graft material and suture it shut.