Ridge augmentation therapy is a safe and effective procedure commonly performed for patients whose alveolar ridges (one of two ridges that contain the teeth sockets) have receded, either due to a lost or extracted tooth or as a result of gum disease that has been left untreated too long. Ridge augmentation therapy involves rebuilding the original width and height of the alveolar ridge in preparation of placing a dental implant.

When a tooth is lost or removed, the jawbone begins to weaken and because the socket that previously supported the tooth begins to shrink in height and width. Ridge augmentation halts and reverses this process and facilitates the growth of gum tissue and bone in this area through the placement of a bone graft in the tooth socket. After the socket has healed, the area can sufficiently support a dental implant, which will improve the overall appearance and general functionality of the face and teeth. The two types of ridge augmentations that can be performed are soft tissue and hard tissue.

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The Ridge Augmentation Therapy Procedure

An initial consultation and general examination will be necessary to determine if ridge augmentation therapy is the right treatment option for you. During this visit, we will review your health history, discuss your oral health concerns and goals, and examine your teeth, gums, and cheeks to determine your overall health and identify any underlying issues. Following this examination, we will explain available treatment options and answer any questions you have.

If it is determined that ridge augmentation therapy is necessary, your follow-up appointment will begin with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. Next, the tooth will be extracted (if necessary) and the bone graft material (either soft gum tissue typically taken from the roof of your mouth, or hard bone tissue, which can be bone that is donated, harvested from your own body, or synthetic material) is placed in the socket of the tooth. Once the material is properly placed, the gum tissue is placed back over the socket and the area is sutured shut and allowed to heal. Once the bone has healed and achieved the necessary width and height, a dental implant is placed, after which ridge augmentation therapy will be complete.

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Aftercare Following Ridge Augmentation Therapy

Once your procedure is complete, we will provide post-operative instructions to ensure that you minimize your risk of developing complications and enjoy a fast a recovery time. Following ridge augmentation therapy, it is common to experience sensitivity and swelling, but this can typically be managed using ice packs and over the counter pain relieving medication. If you are prescribed pain-relieving medication and/or antibiotics, it is essential to follow the recommended dose until the prescription runs out. One of the most important aftercare instructions to follow is sticking to a soft food diet until the area has healed and avoid smoking and/or using straws for at least one to two weeks following the procedure.

Once you have fully recovered, you can return to your normal diet and self-care practices, however, taking consistent good care of your oral health will reduce the likelihood of needing similar treatments in the future, especially if this procedure was performed because of improper or insufficient self-care. Make it a habit to brush your teeth twice daily (at a minimum) for at least two minutes each time. Also, remember to brush your tongue and cheeks, as well as behind the lower and upper front teeth.

Flossing at least once a day and being mindful of the type of foods and beverages you consume are also important steps to maintaining good oral health and preserving the integrity of your implants. Finally, continuing to schedule regular checkups every six months (or more if necessary) is the most important step you can take to maintain your oral health and identify and correct issues before they develop into something more significant. By following these best practices, you will maximize your recovery process and continue to enjoy good oral health!

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Cost of Ridge Augmentation

The cost of ridge augmentation therapy is contingent on a variety of factors, including the severity of your case, whether dental sedation is used, and your dental insurance plan. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we are committed to helping you maximize your insurance reimbursement so you can receive optimal care, which is why we will file your claim and handle your paperwork. Please be aware, though, that any remaining balance following coverage is your responsibility to cover. Though not required, we do offer a discount for patients who pay their bill in full (cash, check, or credit) prior to treatment.

Before scheduling your appointment, we will provide an estimated total cost and answer any questions you have concerning payment plan options, such as Care Credit which offer interest-free payment plans for six-to-twelve-month periods and/or a payment arrangement made in advance with our office.

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Schedule Your Appointment

At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, your oral health is our number one goal. We are committed to providing you with the comprehensive periodontal support you need to continue enjoying a bright, healthy smile. To learn more or schedule an appointment for ridge augmentation therapy contact our office at (702) 270-4600. We look forward to providing you with quality care tailored to your unique needs!