Ridge Preservation | Woodshore Family Dentistry
Ridge Preservation or ridge augmentation is a procedure in which the dentist uses grafting material to prevent bone loss and to protect the ridge. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of the bone replacement graft ridge preservation procedure.
Ridge Preservation or Ridge Augmentation is a procedure in which the dentist uses a bone replacement graft for ridge preservation. When you lose your teeth, or when you have to get dental extraction done because of some dental disease, there’s a small unprotected ridge or socket left behind. Over time, due to the missing tooth, this ridge becomes sensitive and you also lose bone structure in the location of the missing tooth. Ridge preservation uses bone grafting material to prevent bone loss and to protect the ridge. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of the bone replacement graft ridge preservation procedure.
Ridge Augmentation Procedure
Your bone continues growing because of chewing movements provided by the tooth. So when you lose your tooth, your bone stops growing and starts degenerating. In a single year, you can lose about 25% of your bone structure. That’s why the ridge augmentation procedure is done as soon as tooth extraction is complete so your bone can be preserved.
The following are the primary steps involved in the ridge preservation procedure:
- After examining the ridge and the empty socket, the dentist will discuss your grafting material options. You can go for a grafting material from another part of your body, from another individual, from an animal part, or from synthetic materials. The dentist will discuss them with you in detail.
- The dentist will create an incision on your exposed socket and place the grafting material along with the underlying ridge. They’ll also cover it with collagen to facilitate healing.
- Finally, the dentist will suture up the incision so that your wound can heal. The grafting material will ensure that there’s no bone loss.
What to do with an Exposed Socket after Tooth Extraction?
After the tooth extraction procedure, you need to be careful with your exposed socket. The following tips will help you take care of them.
- Avoid brushing your teeth for a day or two after the tooth extraction as it may lead to dry socket by removing the blood clot.
- Avoid cigarettes and drinking from straws for a few days.
- Only consume soft food items because hard ones can remove the blood clot.
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