A ridge augmentation is a common dental procedure often performed by Dr. Jason Straw following a tooth extraction. This procedure helps recreate the natural contour of the gums and jaw that may have been lost due to bone loss from a tooth extraction or for another reason.
The alveolar ridge of the jaw is the bone that surrounds the roots of teeth. When a tooth is removed, an empty socket is left in the alveolar ridge bone. Usually, this empty socket is able to heal on its own, filling with bone and tissue. Sometimes when a tooth is removed, the bone surrounding the socket breaks and is unable to heal on its own. The previous height and width of the socket will continue to deteriorate.
Rebuilding the original height and width of the alveolar ridge is not always medically necessary, but it may be required for dental implant placement or for aesthetic purposes. Dental implants require bone to support their structure, and by providing a ridge augmentation, our oral surgeon can help rebuild this bone to accommodate the implant.
To learn more about receiving a ridge augmentation in Irvine, California, please reach out to Orange County Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center at 949-727-7000! We are committed to restoring your oral health.