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When a person loses one or more teeth, his or her gums and jawbone may recede creating an indention or sunken spot where the tooth or teeth used to be. Ridge augmentation is a procedure that allows people to restore the natural contour to their jaw and gums.
People may suffer deformities for any number of reasons, including long-term denture use, poorly fitting dentures, trauma, periodontal diseases, or simple developmental defects. Ridge augmentation helps restore the necessary bone support for dental implants or other restorations. Without this procedure, a replacement tooth can look too long compared to the surrounding teeth.
Periodontist for Ridge Augmentation in Voorhees
When a person has a deformity in his or her upper or lower jaw, modification of the ridge involves the gum being lifted away to expose the defect. The indented area is filled with bone or other grafting material to fill out the depression.
It generally takes between four and 12 months for the bone to mature before implants can be placed. There may be cases in which an implant is placed at the same time the ridge is modified. Ridge augmentation not only makes it easier to implant new teeth, but it tremendously improves appearance and facilitates ongoing maintenance.
Dr. Alan Meltzer is a board certified specialist in periodontics and implant dentistry. You can set up a ridge augmentation appointment by calling the office at (856) 772-9444.