Ridge Augmentation Bellevue & Renton WA
Eastside Oral Surgery Associates
The alveolar ridge of the jaw is the bone that surrounds the roots of teeth. When a tooth is removed, an empty socket is left in the alveolar ridge bone. Usually this empty socket will heal on its own, filling with bone and tissue. Sometimes when a tooth is removed the bone surrounding the socket breaks and is unable to heal on its own. The previous height and width of the socket will continue to resorb.
Rebuilding the original height and width of the alveolar ridge is usually required for dental implant placement. Dental implants require bone to support their structure and a ridge augmentation can help rebuild this bone to accommodate the implant.
A ridge augmentation is accomplished by placing bone graft material in the resorbed alveolar ridge. Once the bone has healed, the alveolar ridge can be prepared for dental implant placement.