Ridge Preservation and Enhancement

also known as implant site development and socket preservation procedure

 

Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is resorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.

We now have the ability to grow bone where needed. This gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width and also gives us a chance to more effectively restore esthetic appearance and functionality


 

Careful management of extraction sockets after tooth extraction prevents unsightly bone loss and a better cosmetic outcome of tooth replacement.

  • At the time the tooth is extracted, the area is filled with one of a number of resorbable “calcium materials”, and the area is covered with a membrane barrier.
  • The barrier prevents the gum tissue from growing into the extraction area and protects the underlying calcium materials and the forming bone.
  • The calcium materials encourage your own bone to grow into the area, and these materials are totally reabsorbed and eliminated by the body. 

This treatment will often result in the complete regeneration of the lost bone in the area of the tooth extraction.

Regenerating damaged and lost bone at the time of extraction of the tooth provides the following advantages:

  • The bone between the extracted tooth and the adjacent tooth is preserved or regenerated. The health of the adjacent tooth is thus improved.
  • A ridge deformity does not develop and the appearance of the ridge is more natural. The esthetics of the area is preserved or improved.
  • The regenerated bone allows placement of an implant to replace the missing tooth.

Careful management of extraction sockets after tooth extraction prevents unsightly bone loss and a better cosmetic outcome of tooth replacement.

Tooth removed WITHOUT ridge preservation

Tooth removed WITHOUT ridge preservation