Problems such as lost teeth and gum disease can affect more than the appearance of your smile. They can also lead to a loss of bone mass and irregularities in the contours of your jaw. If you have been living with missing teeth or gum disease, call Center for Implant Dentistry at 661-663-9600. Our oral surgeon, Dr. Robert Sharobiem, can provide you with an examination for ridge modification in Bakersfield, California.
Ridge augmentation is a bone grafting procedure that is common after tooth loss and bone loss. This procedure recreates the natural shape of your alveolar ridge, the jawbone that surrounds and supports your teeth’s roots. Your alveolar ridge can deteriorate after tooth loss, leaving you with an indentation in your jawbone, which can not only affect the aesthetics of your smile but also make it more difficult to replace teeth. Whether it be for aesthetic purposes or to make a dental implant placement more successful, ridge augmentation can help a smile in need of restoring the original height and width of your alveolar ridge.
If you visit our specialty dentists for ridge augmentation, the procedure will involve carefully filling the indented area of your alveolar ride with special bone grafting material. This filling will give your alveolar ridge a more natural appearance while rebuilding the bone and helping future implant placements be more successful.
If you get a tooth extracted, you can have a ridge augmentation performed immediately after to avoid the need for a secondary procedure at a later time. The procedure can also be performed when needed before a dental implant placement. To learn more about ridge augmentation, please feel free to contact our team today. We would love to help you care for your smile!