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Jawbone Resorption: The Consequence of Tooth Loss

The roots of your teeth are surrounded by the alveolar ridge, which supports and protects your teeth. When your tooth is removed because of dental decay, infections, or other reasons, an empty socket is left behind. In some cases, the empty socket heals and fills with bone naturally. But if the socket is narrow, such as the upper front teeth, it can’t heal naturally, leading to gradual jawbone resorption, which has two unwanted consequences — facial sagging and an inability to receive dental implants.

What is Ridge Augmentation?

Ridge augmentation is a bone grafting procedure that aims to preserve and regenerate the alveolar ridge of the jaw. The procedure involves placing bone grafting material into the empty socket of the tooth. Ridge augmentation is usually performed immediately after tooth extraction to protect the socket, but it can also be done as a separate procedure. Placing a bone graft material in the socket stimulates natural bone growth, thus maintaining the height and width of the socket.

Benefits of Ridge Augmentation:

  • Preserve natural jawbone
  • Stimulate new bone growth
  • Prevent facial sagging
  • Improve the aesthetic appearance of the teeth
  • Allow you to receive dental implants

Ridge Augmentation for Dental Implants

The primary benefit of ridge augmentation is that it allows you to receive dental implants. A dental implant is a screw-like device drilled into the jawbone underneath a missing tooth’s socket to replace the tooth root. Dental implants can offer the same functionality and aesthetics as natural teeth, making them the ideal teeth replacement option. But to receive dental implants, you must have strong bone density. Ridge augmentation maintains jawbone density, thus allowing you to receive dental implants and replace missing teeth.

Ridge Augmentation for Aesthetic Purposes

Ridge augmentation also offers numerous aesthetic benefits. If you don’t undergo ridge augmentation, the underlying jawbone will gradually get resorbed and metabolized by the body. The loss of the jawbone can lead to facial collapse, which means your mouth will seem to fall back into your face. Your facial muscles will weaken, your chin may become more pointed, and your jawline will start sagging, making you look older. Ridge augmentation strengthens the jawbone and helps you look youthful for longer.

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Dr. Kayvan Fathimani is a triple-board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializing in cutting-edge bone grafting techniques. He uses cutting-edge techniques and the safest bone grafting materials to preserve your jawbone. Whether you want to get dental implants, ridge augmentation has numerous functional and aesthetic benefits. Dr. Fathimani curates a personalized treatment plan to preserve your jawbone. Please schedule a consultation to explore your candidacy for ridge augmentation in Lone Tree.

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