Ridge augmentation is a common procedure performed to help recreate the natural contour of the gums. Often, after a tooth is removed, the bone in the jaw will begin to deteriorate and recede. The height and width of the socket, which was supported by the tooth, will begin to shrink after the tooth is removed. Many patients will eventually develop an indentation in the gums or jawbone where the tooth used to be.
Restoring the original height and width of the socket is not usually medically necessary. However, it may be necessary in order to place a dental implant or for aesthetic purposes. If a person’s bone has deteriorated too much, placing a dental implant may not be possible.
There are two types of Ridge Augmentation procedures: Soft Tissue and Hard Tissue. Occasionally, both types of ridge augmentation are performed at once.
Soft tissue grafts are usually done to improve the esthetics and cleansibility of the site while hard tissue grafts are done to recreate adequate bone contouring prior to dental implant placement.
Dr. John M. Lane, located in Madison and Florence, Alabama, is a Periodontist who serves patients from Decatur, Madison, Huntsville, and The Shoals, Alabama. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!