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What Is the Purpose of a Dental Ridge Modification?

Dentist examining patient's teeth in clinic

If you have missing teeth, have to get teeth extracted, or have a dental deformity, you may look for a solution to help build up your jaw and restore the area. In this case, dental ridge modification may be the solution for you. This is a procedure that fixes defects or deformities in the jaw. Our efficient and caring specialists at Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group complete this process by lifting the gum away, exposing the defect, filling it with bone or graft material, and then closing the area with stitches to correct the bone insufficiency.

Dental ridge modification is a solution for several dental issues, so we will look at your specific needs and past oral history when determining the best treatment for you. With our years of experience and extensive knowledge of this procedure, you can trust us to put your health and safety first. Our caring team does everything they can to make you feel comfortable during your dental ridge modification.

When Is a Dental Ridge Modification the Right Treatment?

When deciding on the proper treatment for your dental issues, we will go over every possibility, including dental ridge modification. This procedure fixes any defects in the upper and lower jaw bones and restores the shape of your jaw after oral trauma. If you experience any of the following conditions, you may qualify for a ridge modification:

Gum Disease

Gum disease, or periodontitis, is an infection that wears away at the gums and jaw, leaving your teeth exposed to damage and the risk of falling out. Ridge modification can help repair the jaw’s appearance and functionality and prepare it for implants if you have any missing teeth.

Missing Teeth

Even if you don’t have periodontitis, you may have missing teeth from another cause. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, over 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Teeth help your jaw maintain its strength, so if you lose them and leave it untreated, you risk your jaw deteriorating or weakening. In this case, dental ridge modification can help restore your jaw’s strength and help your implants last for many years.


While dentures are a great solution for missing teeth, the long-term lack of stimulation to your jaw can cause it to wear away. The ridge modification procedure can prepare your jaw for implants so the bone can receive stimulation and build greater strength. The procedure can also improve the sunken appearance of the jaw that dentures often cause. 

Developmental Defects

Sometimes, the jaw does not develop properly, which is completely out of your control. Certain conditions can cause your gum or bone tissue to form improperly. This could lead to insufficient bone in the jaw, exposed teeth roots, and infection. If this is the case for you, ridge modification could fix these deformities and improve your jaw’s function.

Oral Trauma

If you were in a car accident or another incident, you might have suffered oral trauma. You could have lost teeth or damaged your jawbone and need surgery to prevent the issues from worsening. Dental ridge modification can help fix the damage done to your jaw and prepare it for dental implants if you need them.

Schedule a Consultation With a New Jersey Specialist at Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group

When discussing treatment options with your dentist, you may wonder if you need surgery and what the procedure entails. We understand surgery can be overwhelming, so we go above and beyond to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Our knowledgeable team at Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group can answer all your questions and help you understand if you need dental ridge modification.

We use updated technology, procedures, and tools so you can trust that your procedure will go smoothly and have successful results. Our patient-first approach sets us apart, as we support you throughout your entire dental journey, from preparation to aftercare. We strive to make you feel satisfied and confident in your smile. Give us a call at (908) 663-5309 or fill out our contact form to find out if dental ridge modification is right for you.