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Ridge Augmentation in Elizabeth, NJ

When you have a tooth removed, you’re left with an empty socket of gum tissue. Socket preservation is key after the tooth has been removed. This means keeping everything clean and getting an implant in the socket as quickly as possible. Failure to do so can result in real damage in your mouth, including shifted teeth, weakened bone, and even the shifting of your sinuses down your face. 

When deterioration has occurred, having a ridge augmentation procedure done is a quick and painless way to restore the natural look and function of your socket and the surrounding area, including the bone. If you are in the market for a ridge augmentation, look no further than Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group. With access to a top-notch facility and highly trained professional oral and maxillofacial surgeons, we are the solution to all of your oral health concerns in Elizabeth, New Jersey. 

What Is Ridge Augmentation? 

When a tooth is extracted or lost as a result of disease, infection, congenital disorder, or facial trauma, you are left with a socket. Unsupported by the usual volume of the natural tooth, the socket will often begin to deteriorate over time and weaken. This means it can no longer support the surrounding area, causing neighboring teeth to shift, the jaw bone to weaken, and the sinuses to sag. Ridge augmentation is a restorative procedure used to reverse the deterioration of the socket and reconstruct the alveolar ridge. The alveolar ridge is the part of the jawbone the tooth’s root is anchored to. 

The process involves the use of a local anesthetic. After the area has been numbed, your oral surgeon will cut a small incision into the gums to gain access to the alveolar ridge, where they will place a bone graft. This will replicate the natural shape of the now deteriorated alveolar ridge. The gums will be sutured up to allow the bone graft to work its magic. Over time, the natural proteins and collagens of the bone will be activated, stimulating regrowth. The bone graft will eventually be replaced by natural bone growth. 

The Benefits of Receiving a Ridge Augmentation 

There are many benefits to receiving a ridge augmentation, including but not limited to the following:

Prevents Infection 

An empty socket is essentially an open wound, ready to trap debris and invite bacteria in. While sockets can technically heal themselves, it takes a lot of work and maintenance to keep food debris and bacteria out. When you receive a ridge augmentation, you are rebuilding the structure of your socket and bone, leaving your mouth open to a new dental implant. 

It is likely that if you have contracted an infection, you will need additional procedures done in conjunction with the bone graft and ridge augmentation. This can include professional cleaning, scalings, and root planings. 

Allows for Dental Implant

Without a solid foundation and structure to fit in, your body cannot support a dental implant. When you restore the bone and alveolar ridge, you are giving yourself the opportunity to receive a permanent dental implant. Dental implants are a great way to prevent socket deterioration from occurring again. 

The implant will prevent shifting from happening and also protect the surrounding gum and jaw bone. It also helps to replicate the natural function of your other teeth, making biting, chewing, and speaking all easier. If treated with proper maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. 

Cosmetic Purposes

An empty socket in your mouth can bring about feelings of self-consciousness. When you start the process of receiving a ridge augmentation, you are starting the process of restoring your smile. Without the procedure, you may be looking at possible indentations in your mouth. However, a ridge augmentation means that your sinuses have a support system, as well as your other teeth. 

Your dental implant may be placed in conjunction with straightening tools to fix the shifting of neighboring teeth. Your mouth will be sturdier, straighter, and more supported than ever before. Having a smile you are proud of is one of Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group’s main priorities and we are happy we can be a part of the process. 

Want to Know More About Ridge Augmentation? Schedule a Consultation With Us Today

Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group’s main focus is our patients and their satisfaction with their smile and overall oral health. We put your needs first, meaning you have someone there for you every step of the way. From the initial consultation and examination to the end payment, where we will help you get the most out of your insurance reimbursement as possible. 

Experience the benefits of our advanced technology and minimally-invasive surgical techniques by scheduling an appointment today through our online contact form or by calling (908) 774-8196.