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What Is Ridge Augmentation?


Posted on 6/3/2024 by Lehigh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist showing patient ridge augmentation with fake teeth at Lehigh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Allentown, PARidge augmentation is a dental technique that aims to restore the original shape of the gums and jawbone after tooth extraction. It involves adding bone graft material to the alveolar ridge, the ridge bone supporting the teeth. This procedure helps create a solid foundation for dental implants and improves the appearance of the smile.

When Is Ridge Augmentation Necessary?


Ridge augmentation becomes necessary when there is significant bone loss in the jaw due to tooth extraction, gum disease, or trauma. Placing dental implants securely can be challenging without sufficient bone volume. Additionally, ridge augmentation may be recommended for aesthetic purposes to correct deformities in the gumline.

Benefits of Ridge Augmentation Surgery


Improved Aesthetics


The purpose of ridge augmentation surgery is to improve the smile aesthetic by creating a natural gumline. It restores the contours of your jaw, giving your smile a fuller, healthier look.

Enhanced Dental Implant Success


When replacing missing teeth with dental implants, ridge augmentation is a crucial step that provides a stable foundation, increasing the chances of long-term success. Implants may not integrate properly without adequate bone support, leading to potential complications.

Better Oral Health


By restoring the ridge, you can prevent risks like misalignment or shifting caused by gaps in your smile. It also facilitates proper chewing and speech, improving oral function and comfort.

Reduced Chance of Additional Bone and Tooth Loss


A bone recession occurs rapidly following tooth loss or extraction, but your dentist can prevent it and preserve the jawbone structure through proactive measures. Ridge augmentation not only restores lost bone but also reduces the likelihood of further bone and tooth loss, preserving your oral health for years.

Support for Facial Structure


Beyond the oral cavity, ridge augmentation can have positive effects on the overall facial structure. Maintaining the integrity of the jawbone helps support facial muscles and tissues, preventing the sunken appearance that can occur with significant bone loss in the jaw.

Ridge augmentation can be performed for both functional and cosmetic reasons. It offers a simple and effective solution for smile restoration. Contact us for the best dental treatment if you are looking for a ridge augmentation surgeon.

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