Ridge Augmentation

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About the Procedure

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The contour of your jawbone and gums and where they meet your teeth is known as the ridge. If you have periodontal disease that goes untreated, it can eventually cause this bone deterioration and tooth loss. Sometimes when a tooth is lost, your jawbone is reabsorbed because it is not needed to hold a tooth in place. This resorption causes an indentation in the tooth's place, which looks very irregular.

In order to correct the contours of your jaw and gums, a ridge augmentation is needed. A ridge augmentation involves expanding the ridge mechanically and then applying a bone graft. The bone graft builds up the ridge, adding substance to the indentation. The bone graft will need to attach and grow for a few months, and then a dental implant or restoration can be put in to replace the lost tooth.

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