When a tooth is lost, the underlying bone undergoes a shrinkage process, similar to a muscle shrinking from lack of exercise. This defect may show when smiling, and cause an esthetic concern. Fortunately there are several Ridge Augmentation procedures that can “fill” some defects. This procedure can recreate the natural contours of your gums and create a more pleasing looking smile. These procedures are carried out in the office with local anesthetic.
Regeneration / Growing Bone
Guided Tissue Regeneration: These procedures attempt to grow back the previously lost gum and/or bone tissue around the natural teeth. Some techniques utilize membranes, which are used to cover the bone defects and under the gums. Some membranes are resorbable and others require removal. Regenerative techniques often include the use of “calcium material”. These procedures are carried out in the office with local anesthetic.
Guided Bone Regeneration: These procedures attempt to grow back the previously lost bone after one or more natural teeth have been lost. Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies. This bone would be unsuitable for the support of dental implants. Today, it is often possible to re-grow or regenerate bone where we need it for the support of dental implants. This, in turn, gives us the opportunity to effectively restore esthetics, function and comfort to their natural state. These procedures are carried out in the office with local anesthetic.
Ridge Preservation: This technique involves the careful management of sockets after tooth extraction with the goals of preventing bone loss and a better outcome for implant placement. This procedure is carried out in the office with local anesthetic.