A ridge augmentation is a common dental procedure often performed following a tooth extraction, trauma or detoriated jaw bone to rebuild to the original height and width volume. It is important for an implant to be placed in a strong foundation. The implant will then support a natural sized crown that will withstand chewing and grinding forces.
How is the procedure Accomplished?
A ridge augmentation is accomplished by placing bone graft material, collagen and sometimes a titanium mesh on top of the existing bone structure. It is often done immediately after the tooth is removed to avoid the need for a second procedure later. Next, the gum tissue is brought together and secured with sutures. Once the site has healed, the alveolar ridge can be prepared for dental implant placement.