When a tooth is extracted, the jawbone starts to deteriorate where the tooth once was. This makes it difficult, and oftentimes not possible, to get dental implants or dentures later on due to the lack of bone structure. The good news is that we can perform a process called ridge augmentation to restore the natural bone structure and gums that are needed for restorative procedures like dental implants.
The process involves the following steps:
- The dentist uses bone graft material to fill the tooth socket.
- The gum tissue is secured with sutures.
Ridge augmentation greatly improves the structure of the mouth, as well as increases the chances for success with implants.