The bone that surrounds the teeth is called the alveolar bone. Once teeth are extracted the shape and quantity of this bone changes especially during the first 6 months. In some cases, to a point where there is not adequate bone to place an implant in the right prosthetically driven (ideal) position, if bone loss is present then a procedure call ridge augmentation is necessary to increase the amount of bone to place the implants.

A ridge augmentation is performed to restore and maintain the natural bone pattern and gum line that was damaged due to bone loss and the change in structure after extraction. By reconstructing the alveolar ridge, the procedure can also create an improved aesthetic appearance for patients.

Your board-certified periodontist, Dr. Abril will assess the state of your gums and the extent of bone loss which you experience, to determine whether a ridge augmentation is necessary for you.

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