Everyone deserves a complete smile. For many patients in the Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN area, that entails dental implants to replace missing teeth or to secure a bridge or denture. Have you been told you are not a candidate due to bone loss? Ridge augmentation could be a healthy solution.
What is a ridge?
The outermost portion of bone in the upper and lower jaws is designed to support roots of teeth. When a tooth is lost or removed, the socket ideally fills with bony tissue. However, trauma or extraction may damage bone around the socket, causing irregularities in the ridge as it heals. Over time, bone around the socket continues to diminish through a process called resorption. Bone loss from tooth extraction and resulting deterioration of the ridge is accelerated when multiple or all teeth are missing.
Dental implants are a preferred long-term solution for missing teeth. However, a thin or soft bony ridge may not provide sufficient support. An attempt to place a dental implant in a diminished upper ridge could damage the maxillary sinus cavity, causing serious complications. Similarly, placement in a resorbed mandibular ridge can impinge on vital nerves and other structures.
Ridge augmentation supplements bone and stimulates natural bone regeneration. The ridge augmentation procedure makes implants possible for individuals who have been missing teeth for a long time. It can be incorporated into gum infection treatment or performed at the time of extractions, to avoid bone loss.
Maybe you are not interested in dental implants or implant-retained dentures . . . but your traditional denture no longer fits comfortably. It rubs sore spots, you cannot chew properly, and it slips when you talk. Changes in bone are likely the culprit, and ridge augmentation can help.
Ridge augmentation may also be recommended to improve facial aesthetics, since bone loss causes the lower half of the face to take on a sunken appearance, contributing to premature wrinkles and aging.
Who to see in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN for ridge augmentation
Ridge augmentation is an oral surgery procedure involving precise placement of bone graft material and reshaping of the boney ridge. Bone used for this purpose can come from you and transferred to the area or a bone substitute may used, depending on the specific procedure. Then, gum tissue is repositioned over the surgical site and sutured in place. Our specialists perform the procedure on site at Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS offices in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN. Often only local anesthetic is needed, but you may also opt for a soothing sedative. Healing time depends on the extent of your treatment; implants can typically be pursued within a few months.
Call Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS at (219) 307-4382 to learn more about ridge augmentation cost, and benefits of the procedure.