Following a tooth extraction, bone loss may affect the natural contour and shape of the gums and jaw in the region. When this occurs, ridge augmentation may help to rebuild the height of the alveolar ridge. While this may not be medically necessary in all cases, if the ridge is affected to the point that it cannot support dental implants, ridge augmentation helps to produce new bone that can act as an anchor for tooth replacement methods and accommodate the implants.
During the procedure, bone graft material is placed in the affected tooth socket immediately after removal of the tooth. Gum tissue is replaced over the site and new bone growth begins. Over a few months, the graft and natural bone fuse to create further bone density and the area will be suitable once again for dental implant placement.
If you have experienced jawbone deterioration and need bone grafting to accommodate dental implants, call us at the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts to schedule your consultation. Our friendly staff would be happy to answer any questions and address your concerns.