25% OF BONE IS LOST WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR AFTER TOOTH LOSS
When a tooth is lost or extracted, your jaw bone loses the natural stimulation it receives from the tooth roots. This leads to deterioration and recession of the bone over time, causing the area to look sunken in. To restore natural contour to the appearance of the smile, or to prepare for the placement of dental implants to replace the missing teeth, we can perform a ridge augmentation.
CHOOSE RIDGE AUGMENTATION TO PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE
A ridge augmentation can target soft tissues, hard tissues, or both, depending on your specific needs. For soft tissues, we will perform a gum graft to the area, and for hard tissues, a bone graft. This treatment results in healthy levels of gum and bone that can properly support implants and restore your natural appearance. Healing time varies for each patient, but most can expect to be ready for their permanent dental implants in as little as four to six months.
There is Life After Tooth Loss
Prior to undergoing ridge augmentation, many of our patients have anguished over whether they had options for tooth replacement, often having been told previously that inadequate bone levels removed them from candidacy. Our doctors are proud to offer this smile-changing solution because it helps these patients get the tooth replacement treatment they need to get their smile and appearance back.