Preserve Your Appearance After Tooth Loss
Once a tooth is no longer viable or considered a candidate for a dental crown, extraction is necessary. When this happens, the effects of shrinkage to your supporting bone are immediate, and will get worse over the years. If Dr. Allard determines that extraction is necessary, he can reduce the effects of damage to your bone with a technique called a Ridge Preservation. This simple technique is performed in our office at Arrowhead Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, with low pain, and low healing time, but can provide you a significant impact over the years.
What is a ridge preservation?
Ridge Preservation is a technique in which our Oral Surgeon, Dr. Allard, applies a bone graft in the socket of an extracted tooth. This will minimize the bone shrinkage and prevent the need for a major bone grafting later. This will hopefully reduce the collapse of the socket, and allow the patient to seek the placement of a dental implant or other dental device at a future date.
When a tooth is extracted, the soft tissue and bone can begin to atrophy or collapse. Without a tooth root to stimulate the bone, the surrounding jaw bone will often begin to deteriorate. Ridge Preservation can significantly slow the effects of this damage.
Ridge Preservation bone graft is recommended for the following benefits:
What is the ridge preservation procedure?
Ridge preservation begins with the removal or extraction of the natural tooth structure. Your Oral Surgeon, Dr. Allard, will cautiously remove the tooth so as to not disturb the existing bone in the socket. Following extraction, Dr. Allard will place a specialized bone grafting product. There are a few options for this grafting product, Dr. Allard is able to discuss with you the variables and why he chose a particular one. This product can be an autogenous graft, allograft, or alloplast or xenograft material. This grafting material is designed to replace your bone and stimulate bone growth in the socket. With the material placed, the material is stabilized with sutures and possibly a collagen membrane. The healing time, meaning the time for grafting to take effect, is approximately three to five months before Dr. Allard is able to place a dental implant.
What are the benefits of ridge preservation?
Ridge preservation can significantly minimize the amount of bone loss that occurs after the removal of one or more teeth. Leaving the socket empty after an extraction is likely to lead to deteriorating bone in the jaw, making it more difficult to place a tooth implant later. This procedure is designed to prevent the collapsing of bone and soft tissue in the sockets.
For more information on preserving the socket and ridge following the extraction of a tooth, contact Michael Allard, DDS, MD, at our Glendale, AZ 85308 office. (623) 738-2564