The most obvious and immediate impact of tooth loss is the gaps it creates in your smile. Over time though, losing teeth affects the tissue and bone that surrounded them. When you lose teeth, you lose the roots. Without roots to stimulate the bone when chewing, your jaw begins to shrink. This can impact your appearance and oral health. In particular, it can make it tough for your jaw to support dental implants. A ridge augmentation in Riverview can get your jaw back into shape.Regain bone structure Read Transcript
We use ridge augmentation to gain back bone that's been lost. When teeth are removed, the bone goes away, the teeth... the bone is there to house or hold the tooth, and once you remove the tooth, the bone would be resorbed and ridge augmentation is about getting that bone structure back so that you can place an implant. And even in places where you're not... times when you're not doing an implant, you can get a better contour for some aesthetic purposes, and then that leads into when you're getting something removed, ridge preservation, where you haven't lost it. It's much easier to keep something and then to lose it and then gain it back. So we talk about when we're taking out teeth, what are people planning to do down the road and talk to them about helping to maintain their bone versus losing it, and then having to augment it back.
A ridge augmentation procedure will:
- Make it possible for you to restore your smile with implants
- Help keep your remaining teeth and gums healthy
- Improve the appearance of your jaw and face
With his implant expertise, Dr. McDuffie can determine if ridge augmentation treatment is needed prior to implant placement. Call 813-750-0826 to schedule an appointment with him.
You May Need Other Kinds of Oral Surgery to Prepare for Implants
Ridge augmentation surgery ensures your jaw is tall, wide, and strong enough for implants. Though dental implant failure is very rare, it’s important to start with your bone in the best condition possible. While a ridge augmentation procedure may be needed for full-mouth rehab or other cases where multiple implants are used, a less complex bone graft may be enough to strengthen your jaw if you’re receiving only a few implants or a single one.
Your gums should also be in good health to receive implants. If your gums have receded, Dr. McDuffie may recommend a gum graft. Thanks to his residency in the U.S. Air Force and 20-plus years practicing dentistry, Dr. McDuffie is experienced in performing all of these procedures. You’re in good hands for your oral surgery!
Don’t Let Finances Stop You From Improving Your Dental Health
Whether you’re considering how to pay for an augmentation or a dental implant procedure, we never want you to let finances stop you from getting the care you deserve. Our insurance specialist will help you determine if your dental and/or medical insurance will cover at least part of your treatment. Members of the Boyette Dental Membership Plan receive a 20 percent discount on many of our services.
For ridge augmentation in Riverview, call us today at 813-750-0826 or .