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What You Need to Know About Ridge Expansion or Modification


Posted on 9/19/2022 by Office
What You Need to Know About Ridge Expansion or ModificationAn adequate bone volume is needed for successful work during the dental implant procedure. However, in some patients, jawbone loss prevents this process. When this occurs, dental surgeons use bone grafts to increase the jaw's width and height to allow efficient dental implant placement.

Causes of Teeth Bone Loss


When you have missing teeth, the body tends to stop supporting the bone in the lost area, causing bone loss within a few years. Periodontal diseases can lead to tooth loss and, eventually, bone loss in the mouth. Smoking is a major cause of periodontal disease that causes the gums to deteriorate, leading to severe bone loss. Misaligned teeth can affect the chewing process in the mouth and lead to bone loss.

Steps in a Ridge Expansion or Modification


Ridge expansion or modification is a dental technique to restore bone loss in the jaw ridge by adding bone graft materials that fuse with the natural bone, allowing bone growth. Also, this intervention is done before the placement of dental implants.

The steps done during ridge expansion and modification include


The doctor will begin by lifting the gum from the bone ridge to expose the affected area. Then the area is then filled with a healthy bone graft material that helps build the height. Finally, the area is closed to allow proper healing to take place

Type of Bone Graft Material Used During Ridge Expansion or Modification


Many dental surgeons use the most common bone graft as the patient's bone. The bone is taken from the chin area or the upper jaw from the last tooth in the mouth. However, when a significant bone is needed, the material is taken from the knee or hip region.

In Conclusion, this technique is essential in allowing bone growth within the ridge spaces of the teeth. Please consult with us for better dental assistance.

ORAL SURGERY SPECIALISTS OF AUSTIN

Derrick Flint, MD, DDS | Matthew Largent, MD, DDS


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