Ridge Augmentation: Purpose and Procedure

An important factor related to the success of your dental implant is the health and quality of the underlying bone structure. With adequate, dense bone, your dental implant can become properly integrated. The fusion or integration between the implant and the bone is important for anchoring the replacement tooth root and creating a stable foundation for biting and chewing.

The condition of the bone also influences the appearance of the completed dental implant. Lumps, bumps, and other defects make the area around the implant appear uneven. Even the length of the actual implant is affected by the anatomy of the bone in the immediate area. 

An important factor related to the success of your dental implant is the health and quality of the underlying bone structure.

While planning for your oral surgery in Queens, our surgeon will identify and address any issues that may impact the outcome of your procedure. When the condition of the bone is less than desirable, a procedure called ridge augmentation may be recommended.

Ridge augmentation is a procedure designed to reshape the portion of the bone that holds the teeth in place. When the shape of the bone has become irregular due to gum disease, tooth extraction, or your individual anatomy, your oral surgeon may need to add or remove bone. This technique creates a smoother, more natural –looking environment for the dental implant.

If your oral surgeon has planned to remove a tooth in preparation for a dental implant, special precautions can be taken to protect the health of the surrounding bone. By paying close attention to the bone and soft tissue at the extraction site, excessive bone loss can be prevented, and the final outcome improved.

Your oral surgeon is dedicated to providing the surgical treatments that are best for your health. Yet, the esthetic or cosmetic results should not be ignored. With careful planning and advanced techniques, you can expect the highest level of health and cosmetic benefits from your procedure.

With a healthy and beautiful dental implant, both chewing and smiling should be a pleasure. Call the office of Dr. Stephen Weisglass at 718-544-8787 to find out if ridge augmentation is recommended for you.

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