When a tooth is extracted, an empty socket is left behind in the alveolar ridge bone. This socket will usually heal on its own; however, sometimes the bone surrounding the socket breaks and cannot heal. In these cases, the socket will continue to deteriorate. A ridge augmentation can be performed to rebuild the missing bone and recreate the natural contour of the gums and jaw that have been lost due to an extraction or any other reason. This procedure is sometimes necessary for the placement of an implant as a successful implant requires bone to support its structure.
A ridge augmentation involves placing bone graft material in the tooth socket. This can be done immediately after the extraction to avoid the need for a second procedure later. Gum tissue will be placed over the socket and secured with sutures. Once the socket has healed, the area can be prepared for dental implant placement.
There are more advanved types of augmentations that are sometimes required and Dr. Dalla is one of the few dentists in Northern California with significant experience in more advanced ridge augmentation techniques.
Advanced Ridge Augmentation Techniques
Vertical ridge augmentation is necessary when you have lost the vertical length and width of the bone where your dental implant is going to be place. At Ora Dentistry in Elk Grove, we can regenerate bone using various methods. Bone regeneration is very complex procedure and Ora Dentistry is one of the very few dental offices in the Northern California who can perform the vertical ridge augmentation procedure. Dr. Dalla is known for his vertical ridge augmentation expertise. Dr. Dalla received extensive training in hard and soft tissue augmentation from world renowned inventor of vertical ridge augmentation, Dr. Istavan Urban from Budapest Hungary. If you Google Dr. Istavan Urban’s name you can see videos of the vertical ridge augmentation procedure.
Horizontal ridge augmentation is used to increase the width of the bone in order to better place dental implants. The latest sausage technique is used in order to increase the width of the bone.
Dr. Dalla at Ora Dentistry is experienced with all aspects of dental implant placement and preparation. For more information, contact us today for an appointment.