A ridge augmentation is a common dental procedure often performed to recreate the natural contour of the gums and jaw that may have been altered due to bone loss from missing teeth or other causes of bone deterioration. While not always medically necessary, ridge augmentation is often done to create more support for dental implants as well as for cosmetic purposes.
Here at Longmont Oral, Facial and Implant Surgery, Dr. Andrus and Dr. Howard perform ridge augmentation in the comfort of the office under local anesthesia. While the patient is comfortable, bone graft material is placed into the empty tooth socket(s). A space-maintaining product may be placed over the top of the graft to aid in new bone growth. The gum tissues are pulled over the socket and secured with sutures. Once healing is complete, the ridge can be prepared for dental implant placement. For more on bone grafting procedures, click here.