Here at Coastal Jaw Surgery, we take pride in offering our patients some of the finest dental surgery in the region. We focus on high-quality care that is safe and effective, with an emphasis on patient education so everyone we help knows what to expect and how we are enhancing their wellness.
We’ve received a number of questions about bone regeneration and grafting along the jawline and gumline. It’s with these concerns in mind that we’d like to go over the ride augmentation process and how that can be helpful for a number of people.
About Ridge Augmentation
Ridge augmentation surgery refers to a type of bone augmentation procedure that helps rebuild the jawbone following tooth loss. The process helps recreate and rebuild the natural contour of the jaw and gum line following the loss of a tooth. It’s a great option for both cosmetic and restorative needs.
When Is Ridge Augmentation Performed?
Ridge augmentation is commonly performed following the loss of a tooth or the extraction of a tooth. In particular, the procedure is ideal if a patient has suffered from bone loss following the loss of a tooth. When a tooth is missing, there is a tendency for the jawbone to lose density since there is no root structure being supported. Ridge augmentation is a surgical solution for such matters.
Ideal Candidates for Ridge Augmentation
Good candidates for ridge augmentation are people who have experienced bone loss and gum recession following the loss of a tooth, whether from old age, professional extraction, gum disease, or trauma/injury. These patients should be in good overall health and not suffer from any kinds of health conditions that would make oral surgery a potential hazard.
It’s important that all ridge augmentation patients understand the risks and benefits that may be involved in the procedure. This provides patients with realistic expectations about the treatment process, which in turn tends to translate into higher levels of patient satisfaction.
The Ridge Augmentation Procedure
The ridge augmentation will involve the use of both bone grafts and soft tissue grafts in the area where a tooth is missing and/or where the jawbone density is diminished. This will involve an incision made in the gumline and the placement of the bone graft to build up hard tissue density. Gum grafts are then placed top of this area to help build up gum tissue density.
The bone grafts may be donor bone from the patient (typically from the chin or hip), a bit of cadaver bone from an approved bone bank, or an artificial hard tissue graft that is created from choice materials. Gum grafts are similar taken from a patient’s own body (typically the roof of the mouth) or are artificial soft tissue. The ideal type of hard and soft tissue grafts to use can be discussed during the consultation process.
Recovery from Ridge Augmentation
Following ridge augmentation, patients will typically be asked to adjust their diet to avoid any hard foods or foods with crumbs, as these can lead to pain while chewing and issues with the healing of the treatment area. Patients should also avoid using straws until advised otherwise as the pressure created by the use of a straw has been known to affect sutures following oral surgery.
Overall healing will take a few months as the bone and gum grafts fuse with the existing tissue along the ridge. When healing is complete, a patient may be eligible to receive a dental implant in that area, which can be used to support a dental crown or bridge.
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Learn More About Dental Implants at Coastal Jaw Surgery
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they can give you a healthy and beautiful smile, be sure to contact our oral surgery and reconstructive dentistry center today. The team here at Coastal Jaw Surgery will work closely with you to ensure your smile is healthy and beautiful. We have locations in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill for your convenience and are waiting to hear from you to discuss your dental implant options.
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