Ridge Augmentation in rockford, dixon and janesville
A ridge augmentation is a common procedure that reestablishes the natural contour of the jaw by increasing gum tissue and bone within areas of the mouth. Ridge augmentation is commonly performed following the loss or extraction of a tooth and prior to placement of a dental implant. Increasing bone in this area increases the stability and structural integrity of the implant.
Ridge augmentation is especially important following the loss or extraction of a tooth because it interrupts the natural deterioration that occurs in the jawbone when a tooth has been removed from its socket. Over time, the socket begins to shrink in width and height, resulting in an indentation forming in the jawbone or gums. Over time, the jawbone, which had become accustomed to consistent pressure, begins to shrink and deteriorate. If the jawbone is allowed to deteriorate past a certain point, there will no longer be a sufficient amount of bone mass to support the placement of a dental implant, in which case a ridge augmentation may be necessary.
With over 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment for ridge augmentation, or if you have any additional questions concerning the procedure or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.
What to Expect During the Ridge Augmentation Process
Prior to performing a ridge augmentation procedure, we will conduct an in-depth review of your dental and medical health history and perform a thorough examination to measure your bite and look for indications of loose teeth, bone loss, TMJ, and other signs of periodontal disease.
The ridge augmentation process is typically preceded by the extraction of a tooth. Tooth extraction typically begins with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. Following this, dental tools are used to elevate the tooth from the socket. Once elevated, forceps are used to grasp and pull the tooth. Although the anesthetic and/or sedation will significantly reduce or eliminate pain during this part of the process, you will likely feel a sense of pressure while the tooth is being removed. Once the tooth is extracted, the ridge augmentation process will begin. If patients are having a soft tissue ridge augmentation, a small incision is made to expose the bone and a graft (either taken from the roof of the patient’s mouth or a medically processed donor source) is placed, after which the area is sutured shut. For hard tissue ridge augmentation, this same incision is made and a dental bone graft is placed and the area is sutured shut.
Often a tooth extraction and ridge augmentation is followed with placement of a dental implant. The dental implant process will occur on a separate visit so the area of the extraction can heal. At this visit, you will be given a local anesthetic and/or dental sedation, after which a titanium post is placed into the socket. Once this post is properly positioned, osseointegration begins, which is the process of your jawbone integrating with the dental implant over a period of time (typically between three to six months). Once this integration is complete, an abutment is placed onto the dental implant and the dental crown is connected to the abutment, returning you back to your full, healthy smile.
Aftercare Following Ridge Augmentation
The healing process following a tooth extraction and ridge augmentation typically takes between 7-10 days. To minimize post-procedural risks and ensure a speedy recovery, follow these and any additional post-operative instructions provided by your periodontist to minimize risks and enjoy a fast recovery.
- Leave the gauze pad in place for three to four hours.
- To reduce pain or discomfort, take the recommended dosage of prescribed painkillers and/or over-the counter medication.
- To reduce swelling, apply an ice bag over the area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
- Do not spit, rinse, or use a straw for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid intense physical activity and rest as much as possible for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid brushing your teeth for the first 24 hours, but resume normal brushing and flossing following this time period, being careful to avoid the extraction site when you do.
- Eat soft foods, such as applesauce, yogurt, pudding, or soup for the first week.
Cost of Ridge Augmentation
The cost of ridge augmentation will depend on several factors, such as whether or not dental sedation is used, the severity of your case, and your dental insurance plan. At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.
If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.
Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.
Periodontal Care You Can Trust at featherstone
At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing high-quality care and supporting your efforts to enjoy good periodontal health by identifying and correcting periodontal issues early, and implementing correct and consistent oral health self-care. Although we offer a range of surgical treatment options for periodontal disease and its associated health and cosmetic impacts, our primary focus is to provide conservative treatment, avoiding surgery whenever possible.
To learn more about clinic policies or schedule an appointment for ridge augmentation, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.