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Ridge Augmentation is dental surgery to repair defects in the jaw due to the extraction or loss of a tooth. The dentist will place a bone graft into the socket formed at the base of the extracted tooth. Alternatives to a bone graft include a soft-tissue graft or bone substitutes. The surrounding gum is sutured in place to cover the graft. The grafted bone can repair aesthetic defects or be used as a foundation for dental implants. Results generally include an increase in the width and height of the alveolar ridge.
Teeth loss can lead to another dental obstacle, but this treatment method can help you maintain good dental health and avoid this common difficulty. For example, extraction, tooth loss, trauma, or periodontal disease might cause bone or gum loss. It is essential to maintain a healthy density of gums and bones to protect your dental health. Even if you are missing a tooth, you should still work to preserve the health of that area in your mouth.
When ridge augmentation and socket preservation is complete, it fills the area where the bone has been lost. A bone substitute is used to stimulate the natural repair functions within the body so that the bone is re-built and the socket is repaired.
When the expert removes a tooth from the jaw bone, a socket is left in the bone. In many situations, this hole will heal on its own. But, there are other situations where the bone cannot heal on its own, which might require additional dental treatments to help the bone heal. If the bone cannot heal and the cure, it might result in a situation where the jaw bone will deteriorate.