Ridge Preservation or Modification
Ridge preservation [maintaining the jaw bone after a tooth is extracted] is essential to having success with implants. After a tooth is lost the remaining bone can resorb by up to 60% within the first year. Bone grafting procedures are necessary to keep this from happening.
Often when a tooth or teeth have been missing for some time the bone is insufficient to have implants placed. The bone needs to be modified or augmented with bone grafting. There are several techniques available for this procedure. Dr. Renner, Dr. Stanczyk or Dr. Bushong will discuss which technique will be best for your situation. Some of the procedures utilized are:
- Using cadaver bone and a barrier
- Using a block graft (chin graft, ramus graft, or hip graft)
- Sinus grafting (sinus augmentation)