Many times when a tooth is lost your jaw bone and gums will collapse where that tooth once was, leaving an unsightly gap between your gums and the replacement teeth. This will also give the appearance of an overly exposed tooth line It can also be nearly impossible to clean around, and opens the window for further tissue problems. With ridge augmentation the gums are built back out to cover the overly exposed teeth and fill in the unsightly gap.
The jawbone that surrounds the dental cavity of your lost tooth starts to lose its shape and deteriorate. This deterioration makes dental implants in Las Vegas complicated to receive without a little assistance. The process of ridge augmentation is where the jawbone can be reformed for the dental implants placement. It is a surgical procedure which should be executed by an experienced doctor.
Ridge Augmentation Procedure
The ridge augmentation procedure does require anesthesia. When you are undergoing the surgery, the area needs to be absolutely numb as our periodontists are going to pull away gums in the affected portion to uncover the jawbone ridge. Once this has been done our doctors will fill up the deteriorated parts of the jaw with a bone-like substance, thus reforming the ridge of your jawbone to its actual shape. After the process has been executed and the mouth has completely recovered, the oral implants can then be placed. The staff at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants will make sure that you receive the best possible treatment during this procedure.
If you want enhanced aesthetic results, then this process should be performed prior to installing new crowns. You may receive temporary tooth replacements which will be placed at the time of tooth loss. However, the final restoration should not be done until 6 weeks following complete gum healing.
Because ridge augmentation is considered a surgery it is extremely important to select a doctor who has experience, is qualified and a skilled perfectionist who can perform it at the highest level. Our impeccable record and over concern with every patient we work with places your oral care in great hands.
Pre and Post-Surgical Care Following a Ridge Augmentation
As with all of our surgeries we will spend time with you to discuss what to expect at all times. We will go over what will happen before, during and after your surgery. If you have any question please call or stop in and ask. No question is too small or unimportant. You may also read our general literature regarding surgical care on our website for pre-surgical and post-surgical care to answer most general questions. Stitches are placed in order to speed up the healing process. However, there may be post-surgical discomfort which may linger for a couple of days. But over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin should be sufficient to treat the pain. As a patient you can follow your regular routine the day after surgery. Our doctors will give you necessary instructions that relate to medications, exercise and diet specific to this surgery.
Give us a call today if you have any questions about the ridge augmentation procedure, or anything else relevant to your oral health. We’re ready to assist you to create a great experience for you every time you come to our office.