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When Is a Ridge Augmentation a Necessary Procedure?

Posted on 4/10/2019 by Tricia Ramsay
When Is a Ridge Augmentation a Necessary Procedure?If you are told you need a ridge augmentation procedure, you probably will have a lot of questions. What is it, why do you need it, and what will it do for you are a few of the questions you might ask. One question that many people do not ask is if they really need to have it done. What happens if they do not get it done or can they wait are similar questions to ask.

What is Ridge Augmentation?

Ridge augmentation is a common procedure that can help after a tooth extraction. After an extraction there is a hole left where the roots of the tooth. Most people will form blood clots that fill in the socket. Others can develop complications that cause problems.

If there is nothing in the socket, a dry socket can form which can lead to pain and other problems. Ridge augmentation can +also help someone who has suffered bone loss for some other reason.

The ridge augmentation procedure works to fill the socket that is left behind after a tooth extraction. It helps rebuild the shape and height of the ridge where the tooth was. A bone graft helps reform the place where the bone was lost.

Do I Need It?
That brings people back to the question of whether ridge augmentation is necessary. The answer is yes and no. There are many people who will heal from a tooth extraction without any problems. The socket closes and people move on.

People that are looking at implants to replace missing teeth may need this procedure. If they do not have enough bone to support the implant, the ridge augmentation becomes necessary. It also helps people who have lost bone in some places and who wear dentures. The augmentation can make it easier for dentures to fit.

The best way to decide if ridge augmentation is necessary is to consult our dentists. They can help answer the question of what it will do and why it will help you.

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment to talk about this or to answer any questions you have about your oral health.
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