Ridge Augmentation in Braintree, MA
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Ridge augmentation is a common procedure performed to help recreate the natural contour of the gums and bone for esthetic or functional reasons. 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 often losing 50% or more of the bone width in less than 3 months. Many patients will eventually develop an indentation in the gums or jawbone where the tooth used to be.
Dental implants require bone for support. If the bone has resorbed after tooth loss it may not be possible to place the needed implants without first rebuilding the bone ridge. A ridge augmentation bone graft is used to regenerate the lost bone form.
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. Prior to the procedure, the area will be numbed. An incision is made to expose the site and a soft tissue graft is then obtained either from the palate (roof of the mouth) or a soft tissue substitute. The graft is then inserted into the area receiving the graft, which is then secured with stitches.
Hard tissue grafts are done to recreate adequate bone contouring prior to dental implant placement. Prior to the procedure, the area will be numbed. An incision is made and the gum lifted away to expose the bone defect. A bone graft obtained either from another site within the mouth or cadaver bone is placed in the area receiving the graft and secured using titanium screws. The area is then closed with stitches.
Healing time varies by patient and the size of the area repaired but usually lasts no longer than 6 months.
Dr. Thomas Mone, located in Braintree, MA, is a periodontist who serves patients from Boston, MA, Quincy, MA, and Miton, MA. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!