While you may not be familiar with the term ridge augmentation, it is an incredibly common dental industry procedure. In fact, this procedure is often followed by one of the most common dental appointments made by patients: tooth extractions. Whether it was a recent accident or a lifetime of poor hygiene that leads to the inevitable extraction of a tooth, ridge augmentation services are available to keep your smile and jaw contour looking the same as it did before. The procedure is painless and ensures no one knows you have had recent dental work. At Lovett Dental Sharpstown, our team is highly skilled and can guide you through the process.
What Is Ridge Augmentation?
Ridge augmentation is a common and routine dental procedure that typically follows a tooth extraction. When a tooth is extracted, bone loss is very typical. The bone loss can lead to the natural contour of the gums and jaws becoming altered. This, in turn, can change the appearance of your smile. Fortunately, ridge augmentation services allow our team of dentists at Lovett Dental Sharpstown to retain the shape of your natural contour. A simple bone graft is placed in the empty tooth socket after your tooth is extracted. Then, the gum tissue is placed over the graft and closed with sutures. This process is most often completed right after the extraction. However, the extraction and augmentation can be scheduled on two separate days if needed. This prevents any of your friends, family, or coworkers from knowing you have had a recent tooth extraction.
Who Needs Ridge Augmentation Services?
The most common individuals who will need ridge augmentation services have had one or more teeth extracted. Tooth extractions can occur for any number of reasons for patients of all ages. Some of the most common reasons that lead to tooth extraction and later a ridge augmentation include:
- Dental bridges
- Partial dentures
- Complete dentures
Ridge augmentation services, as mentioned before, are common procedures at our offices; we’re familiar with the procedure and can set your mind at ease. From teenagers who have suffered extreme trauma during sports to adults and seniors with poor oral hygiene that now need dentures, patients from all walks of life are subject to ridge augmentation services.
Since patients have various pain tolerances, it is important to communicate with your dentist and their dental assistant. If your numbness is wearing off sooner than expected, let them know immediately. This procedure is important if you want to retain our current jaw contour. We do everything in our power to make you feel as comfortable as possible throughout the duration of your appointment and strive to deliver the best results you can imagine.
We Provide Reliable, Expert Ridge Augmentation Services
While tooth extraction may not be what you had on the calendar for this year, it is important you schedule recommended procedures as quickly as possible. Please do not be surprised if you also need to schedule ridge augmentation services following your tooth extraction. We offer this expert dental service to help you retain your confidence when you smile. We do not want it to be obvious you have had a tooth extracted when speaking to those in your social circle.
Our office offers incredibly flexible appointment options to meet your needs. Whether you need to get your appointment before or after work or even on Saturday, we offer a wide range of times to make your appointment fit your schedule. When you are ready to schedule your ridge augmentation, please do not hesitate to contact Lovett Dental Sharpstown at 972.848.8947 or contact us online today.