Regenerate Missing Bone
The amount and quality of remaining bone after tooth loss is crucial for the success of a subsequent dental implant. When a tooth or multiple teeth have been absent for an extended period, the bone that previously supported them deteriorates, similar to how an unused muscle shrinks without exercise. If a dental implant is required at a site where a tooth has been missing for a long time, there may not be enough bone to support the implant.
However, Aliso Viejo Ridge Augmentation patients can benefit from these procedures performed by Reza A. Tafreshi, DDS. This treatment regenerates the missing bone, providing adequate support for dental implant(s). Depending on the severity of the bone loss, the ridge augmentation bone graft can be performed before implant placement or, in less severe cases, at the same time as the implant procedure.
Restore Natural Contour
A commonly performed dental procedure after a tooth extraction is ridge augmentation. Ridge augmentation aims to restore the natural contour of the gums and jaw that may have been lost due to bone loss caused by tooth extraction or other reasons.
The alveolar ridge of the jawbone encompasses the tooth roots. When a tooth is extracted, an empty socket remains in the alveolar ridge bone. Normally, the socket heals by itself as bone and tissue fill it up. However, if the bone surrounding the socket breaks during the extraction, it may fail to heal independently. This leads to the continuous deterioration of the socket's previous height and width.
Although restoring the original height and width of the alveolar ridge may not always be medically necessary, it may be crucial for dental implant placement or aesthetic purposes. Dental implants rely on bone support for their structure, and ridge augmentation can help regenerate the bone required to accommodate the implant.
A Long-Term Solution
Ridge augmentation is a procedure that restores bone and tissue to support dental implants while also enhancing the aesthetic appearance of the gums and jaw. It is a long-term solution that is usually performed on patients who have chosen dental implants, bridges, or other options for replacing missing teeth. Ridge augmentation can improve the natural contours of the area, resulting in a smile that looks authentic.
Dedicated to Helping Patients
If you are considering ridge augmentation Aliso Viejo Family Dental Group can give you more information by scheduling a consultation. Through this, we can work towards successfully boosting your confidence with a revitalized smile. Our highly experienced dentist, Dr. Tafreshi, specializes in oral surgery and is dedicated to helping patients achieve their desired smiles.
Our team is passionate about restoring your confidence with a beautiful and natural-looking smile. We believe that every patient deserves personalized and compassionate care, and we strive to provide a comfortable and stress-free environment for all of our patients.
Don't hesitate to schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about how ridge augmentation can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted.
To achieve ridge augmentation, a bone graft material is inserted into the tooth socket. This procedure is commonly performed immediately after tooth extraction to avoid the need for a second procedure later on. After the bone graft material is placed, the gum tissue is carefully positioned over the socket and secured with sutures. Dr. Tafreshi may also opt to use a space-maintaining product over the graft to aid in new bone growth. Once the socket has completely healed, the alveolar ridge can be prepared for dental implant placement.
Dr. Tafreshi usually performs ridge augmentation procedures at the Aliso Viejo Family Dental Group office with the patient under local anesthesia. In some cases, patients may also request sedative medication.
Grow and Heal
The duration of the healing period after a ridge augmentation procedure depends on the severity of the area following tooth extraction. Typically, it takes a few weeks for the bone to grow and heal. After the procedure, our doctors will provide you with an after-care plan and recommendations on how to care for your mouth at home during recovery.
During the healing period, we advise patients to consume soft foods and gradually reintroduce harder foods as the area heals. It is crucial to avoid using straws or smoking, as these actions can apply pressure on the area and affect the healing process. Patients should maintain good oral hygiene practices, including gentle brushing and flossing around the surgical area.
After the area has fully healed, patients will return to the office to discuss tooth replacement options.
Ridge augmentation is typically performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn't feel any pain during the procedure itself. However, some discomfort and swelling are normal during the healing process. Your dentist may prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort.
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with ridge augmentation. These may include infection, bleeding, or damage to surrounding teeth or tissues. However, these risks are rare, and your dentist will take all necessary precautions to minimize them.
The healing time for a bone graft can vary depending on the individual and the severity of the bone loss. In general, it can take several months for the graft to fully heal and integrate with your natural bone. During this time, you'll need to avoid putting excessive pressure on the area and follow your dentist's aftercare instructions carefully.
Yes, ridge augmentation can be used to restore the bone and tissue in areas where multiple teeth are missing. However, the procedure may be more complex and require more extensive grafting. Your dentist will evaluate your individual case and recommend the best treatment plan for you.
The cost of ridge augmentation can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and whether any additional treatments, such as dental implants, are needed. Insurance coverage for ridge augmentation can vary depending on your plan and the reason for the procedure. Your dentist can provide you with a detailed breakdown of the costs and discuss your insurance options with you.
We are dedicated to providing comprehensive oral health treatment to all our patients. Our team, led by Dr. Tafreshi, believes that a solid doctor-patient relationship is built on mutual trust and respect. We work closely with each patient to establish a lifelong partnership and provide personalized treatment plans. We want you to feel empowered in making decisions about your oral health. Don't let dental care be a luxury out of reach; we believe a beautiful smile is easily achievable for everyone. Schedule an appointment today, and let us help you achieve your dental goals.
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