Today, dental implants are the most popular treatment when it comes to replacing missing teeth. This treatment uses small titanium posts that are surgically implanted directly into your jawbone. The posts then provide support for your replacement teeth. Dental implants provide numerous benefits over traditional treatments including greater comfort, ease of care, and preserving the strength of your jawbone. For dental implants to be successful, however, there needs to be sufficient bone mass to support the posts. At Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery, we can help to increase the success of treatment with dental implants with a ridge augmentation.
The Effects of Bone Loss and Dental Implants
One of the essential, yet not well known, functions of your teeth is keeping your jawbone strong and healthy. Every time you chew, the roots of your teeth stimulate the bone. This stimulation triggers the body to send essential nutrients that are required for the strength of the jaw and the surrounding areas. When you lose teeth, stimulation is lost as well. With less stimulation, less nutrients are sent. As a result, the bone begins to grow weak and resorb.
Dental implants can help to preserve the integrity of your jawbone. However, first, there must be sufficient bone mass in your jaw to support them. The posts rely on the fusion of your jawbone for stability. Without enough bone mass, your jawbone will not properly fuse, or it may not fuse at all. If this happens, the stability of your implants is compromised. The posts may be loose, or you may suffer total implant failure.
What Is a Ridge Augmentation?
A ridge augmentation is a procedure that is done to restore missing bone mass from your jaw after you have lost your teeth, making dental implants possible. When you lose bone mass, the jaw begins to lose height and width as well. A ridge augmentation is generally performed when significant bone loss has occurred. The procedure, which involves the use of a bone graft, aims to rebuild the height and width of the ridge, giving implants a much better base for support.
Types of Bone Grafts for a Ridge Augmentation
There are a few different types of bone grafts. With a thorough consultation, we can help to determine the best course of action for your specific needs.
In some cases, synthetic bone grafting material, such as demineralized bone matrix and bone morphogenic proteins may be used.
The Ridge Augmentation Process
Undergoing a ridge augmentation requires a surgical procedure. Incisions are made in your mouth near where the bone graft is needed. If we are using your bone material, additional incisions are made at the donor site. The donor bone is taken, whether from you or the tissue bank, and secured into the weak areas of the jaw. Once the procedure is complete, your gums are sutured closed. Once you have fully healed from surgery, the implant process can begin.
A ridge augmentation restores lost bone mass to your jaw, increasing the chances of success for dental implants. Call Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at (805) 267-9766 today for more information.
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