When it comes to tooth loss, one of the most popular replacement methods available is the dental implant. To be successful, dental implants require a certain amount of healthy bone in which to surgically place a titanium post. In some cases, where a patient has enough healthy bone available, they will need to undergo ridge modification which our team at The Dental Lounge would be happy to assist with.
Ridge modification and dental implants can offer life changing improvements for those who have the procedures done, both in their health and appearance. The procedures combined not only restores the jaw bone to a healthy state, but leaves the patient with a beautiful, natural looking smile.
What Is Ridge Modification?
Part of the procedure for dental implants is to check that there is enough healthy bone present in the jaw for titanium posts to be attached to. In cases where there is not enough bone, due to trauma, periodontal disease or sometimes damage caused by dentures, there is a need to regenerate the missing bone. One method of regenerating this bone is ridge modification – a process which reshapes and strengthens the bone so that it can successfully support a tooth.
How Is Ridge Modification Done?
Though it may seem overwhelming, the procedure for a ridge modification is relatively simple. The procedure will be done by a maxillo-facial or dental surgeon and is performed under anesthesia. The gum is lifted from the jaw in a surgical procedure in order to expose the problem area. The defect will then be filled with bone or other grafting material. Once filled, the incision is closed with sutures and allowed to heal.
What Should I Expect After A Ridge Modification Procedure?
Though no two cases are ever the same, the bone graft in a ridge modification procedure is typically left to develop for around four to twelve months. One should expect some discomfort and slight pain after the surgery, though your surgeon will be able to help with a pain management plan.
Once the graft has had enough time to heal, you will be able to start the procedure for dental implants. It is important to follow all post operative care instructions set out by your surgeon in order to ensure a successful ridge modification procedure. If the ridge modification is unsuccessful, the patient would not be a candidate for successful dental implants.
Do You Need Ridge Modification And Dental Implants? Contact The Dental Lounge
We at The Dental Lounge, are proud to present our full smile makeovers. We offer first-class dentistry from ridge modification and dental implants to scaling and root planing. We offer a team of well trained, empathetic professionals who strive to go the extra mile to deliver fantastic results and outstanding service to each and every client. An experience like no other, The Dental Lounge makes dentistry a truly luxurious experience – you’ll never dread another visit to the dentist.
If you’re ready to quite literally put a smile on your face, don’t wait another minute to contact us. You are welcome to give us a call at (954) 686 5729, or fill out our convenient online form. We can’t wait to hear from you.