West Dental Implants & Prosthetics
Ridge Augmentation in Durango, CO
How would you define a perfect smile? Is it symmetrical or asymmetric? What does it take to achieve this look? A beautiful smile is something everyone wants to possess. The ability to express true happiness through facial features has always been important. This desire to appear happier was even recognized by ancient philosophers such as Aristotle, who believed that smiles were contagious. Ridge augmentation can help you achieve your perfect smile, and here is how.
What is ridge augmentation?
In the past, people with missing teeth had few options for replacing their lost tooth structure or bone loss. Today, we have many different ways to replace missing teeth, including dental implants, bridges, crowns, veneers, and more. However, ridge augmentation is one of the most popular dental procedures to replace missing teeth. Ridge augmentation involves reshaping the bone around the roots of teeth, so they are stronger and healthier than before. It also helps create a better facial appearance.
Do I need ridge augmentation done?
When a person loses a natural tooth, the surrounding bone begins to shrink and weaken. As time goes on, the bone changes shape until it resembles an egg shell. When the bone becomes too thin, the root of the tooth may be exposed. If left untreated, the exposed root will begin to decay, leading to infection and possible tooth loss.
To prevent these problems, dentists perform ridge augmentation procedures to strengthen the bone and protect the remaining teeth.
Is it safe?
Yes! Ridge augmentation is very safe and effective. It is the preferred method of treating patients who are missing multiple teeth. There are no significant risks associated with the procedure. You may experience some discomfort during the process, but this should subside after a short period of healing.
What results can I expect?
Any periodontal surgery aims to improve the overall appearance and oral health of the patient’s smile. With ridge augmentation, you can expect to see a dramatic improvement in the health and strength of your jawbone. Your dentist will use a special tool to reshape the bone and fill it with a synthetic material. Once healed, your new bone will give your teeth added support and protection. Over time, your gums will grow into the newly formed bone, making your smile appear fuller and brighter.
Do you need a bone grafting procedure for ridge augmentation?
Not necessarily. A bone graft involves the surgical insertion of bone into an area that has been damaged due to injury or disease. This may be done to repair a fracture, fill a void left after the removal of diseased tissue, or stimulate new growth at a site where there is insufficient bone for implantation of a prosthetic device.
Although some patients choose to undergo a bone grafting procedure before undergoing ridge augmentation, this isn’t necessary. Ridge augmentation alone is enough to provide long-lasting benefits.
Are there other benefits?
Ridge enhancement can also help treat gum disease and periodontal disease. It makes it easier for your gums to heal properly by strengthening the bone around the roots. Additionally, if you suffer from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain, ridge augmentation can reduce the pressure on your jaw joints.
Call West Dental Implants Today!
We want to ensure you know exactly what happens during your dental procedure. Contact us today at (970) 259-5600 if you are ready to learn more about how ridge augmentation can benefit you. Our team specializes in creating your perfect smile with cosmetic dentistry. We look forward to helping you achieve the beautiful smile you deserve.