Ridge augmentation is the treatment procedure that replaces missing gum or bone tissue that is lost when a tooth has been extracted or fell out. The actual procedure helps to recreate a natural bone and gum ridge so that a replacement tooth can be structurally supported as well as have an improved aesthetic appearance. Otherwise, replacing teeth in areas where there is a lack of proper bone density, the area of tooth replacement will not look normal or cosmetically pleasing.
By recontouring the bone support, tooth replacement options will have increased stability for long-term function and health. The procedure is useful for patients undergoing dental implant therapy, dental bridges or other tooth replacement treatments. By using advanced technology, your dentist can create a naturally contoured area of bone that reflects what you would naturally see when you smile. Poor bone contours can create the appearance of dark, irregular shapes around the teeth. You may have noticed an area like this before in someone with a dental bridge, but not enough healthy bone support in the area in the middle of the bridge where the false tooth is placed. Augmentation of the bone would improve the appearance of this area so that it appeared more as a natural tooth, and prevent wide spaces between the bridge and gums where food may lodge.
Most ridge augmentation treatment is performed by a periodontist, which is a dentist who has received advanced training in the treatment of periodontal disease and caring for supporting structures around the teeth. The treatment itself is a minor surgical procedure that is customized based on your individual needs and future tooth replacement plans. Your care provider will keep you comfortable during the procedure, as well as ensure that your recovery is as pleasant as possible.
Posted on behalf of North Point Periodontics
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