Ridge augmentation is a process needed following the removal of a tooth or if a tooth has been missing for a long time. Due to the loss of the tooth, the bone will then begin to shrink, creating an indention in the tissue and bone. Ridge augmentation works to regrow the bone. This may be required if a dental implant is planned to replace teeth in space that a tooth has been missing for an extended period of time. Your periodontist will perform a bone graft using local anesthetic. A bone graft material is applied to your existing bone and the covered with a membrane to protect the bone graft and promote healing.
After surgery, it is common to experience mild discomfort, swelling, and occasionally some bruising. Anti-inflammatories are often provided to improve the patient’s healing experience. For this type of procedure, the bone graft is typically left to heal for a period of 4 – 6 months prior to implant placement.