Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Arts – El Segundo CA
What is a Ridge Augmentation?
A ridge augmentation is a common dental procedure often performed following a tooth extraction to help recreate the natural contour of the gums and jaw that may have been lost due to bone loss as a result of 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 will heal on its own, filling with bone and tissue. Sometimes when a tooth is removed, the bone surrounding the socket breaks, and it 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 medically necessary, but may be required for dental implant placement, or for aesthetic purposes. Dental implants require bone to support their structure, and a ridge augmentation can help rebuild this bone to accommodate the implant.
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How is the Oral Surgery Accomplished?
A ridge augmentation is accomplished by placing bone graft material in the tooth socket. It is often done immediately after the tooth is removed, to avoid the need for a second procedure later. Next, the gum tissue is placed over the socket and secured with sutures. Dr. Cheung or Dr. Ho may choose to use a space-maintaining product over the top of the graft to help restore the height and width of the space created by the tooth and bone loss, and into which new bone should grow. Once the socket has healed, the alveolar ridge can be prepared for dental implant placement.
A ridge augmentation procedure is typically performed in Drs. Cheung or Ho‘s office under local anesthesia. Some patients may also request sedative medication in addition.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Arts
Patient Review By Leticia D
I am very happy with the exceptional costumer service because they have an smile on the phone (Maricela and Linda ). Esther , Val and Ale they were great during my procedure today, overall I am very impressed for the team work and the skill communication that they have.
- Leticia D
Patient Review By Ellen N
I highly recommend Dr. Cheung if you need an extraction, bone graft, or implant. He is so calming and puts you at ease. Plus, he is gentle when doing procedures. I rarely have any bruising or swelling and very little discomfort. I would not go anywhere else !
- Ellen N
Patient Review By Hope M
The entire staff was helpful & kind. Dr. Ho was speedy & accurate in his work. I would certainly recommend to family and friends with confidence!
- Hope M