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.