Ridge Preservation

Ridge Preservation | Yorktown Dental Spa

Ridge Preservation is a procedure during which the dentist implants grafting material into the empty socket of a missing tooth. Please continue reading for a discussion of ridge preservation at Yorktown Dental Spa.

Ridge Preservation

Ridge Preservation, also known as Dental Ridge Augmentation or Dental Socket Preservation, is a procedure conducted immediately after tooth extraction to preserve the bone structure of the missing tooth.

During the procedure, the dentist implants grafting material into the empty socket to preserve the bone structure and protect the empty socket. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of ridge preservation at Yorktown Dental Spa.

Importance of Ridge Preservation

The following is an overview of all the different reasons for which people opt for ridge preservation or ridge augmentation procedure.

  • Prevent Dry Sockets

    After tooth extraction, your socket is left empty and sensitive to the external environment. You have to hold an antiseptic gauze over the wound to control the bleeding and facilitate a blood clot that will protect the nerves underneath the socket.

    However, the blood clot often comes undone after a few days, thus exposing the nerve and bone tissues under the socket. The empty and exposed socket is referred to as a dry socket and it’s extremely painful because the exposed nerve sends stinging sensations through your face. This pain is so sharp that you can’t even control it with painkillers.

    Ridge preservation ensures that your nerve isn’t exposed or you don’t suffer from dry socket even after the blood clots come undone. As such, it prevents a dry socket, which can save you from considerable pain.

  • Protect Bone Structure

    The bone structure surrounding the empty socket of the missing tooth is referred to as the alveolar ridge. This bone has one function — to support the tooth’s root. Without a tooth, it has no impetus to grow anymore, which is why it starts degenerating. You may lose up to 25% of the alveolar ridge bone structure within a year of dental extraction.

    If you lose the alveolar ridge, you may not have sufficient bone structure to get dental implants, which is one of the best replacements for missing teeth. Dental implants are titanium posts screwed into the alveolar ridge to function as a replacement root or foundation for dental crowns or dental bridges. If you don’t have enough bone structure to get dental implants, you’ll have to get bone grafting done for bone regeneration.

    Ridge preservation is a simple procedure with which you can preserve bone structure so you can get dental implants in the future.

  • Cosmetic Appeal

    As mentioned above, your alveolar ridge and bone structure start degenerating after tooth extraction. In addition to preventing you from getting dental implants, this can also have aesthetic drawbacks. Your surrounding teeth may start drifting out of alignment due to the bone loss.

    Eventually, you may suffer from issues like misaligned teeth, malocclusion, crooked teeth, and other issues. This causes cosmetic issues as your smile doesn’t look as pleasant.

Ridge Preservation Procedure

The following is a brief overview of the ridge preservation procedure:

  • During your initial consultation, the dentist will discuss all of your tooth extraction and ridge preservation options.
  • The ridge preservation procedure includes bone grafting so the dentist will discuss all your grafting material options — another part of your body, another individual, an animal, or synthetic material.
  • The dentist will create an incision in the empty socket after tooth extraction to expose the alveolar ridge.
  • The grafting material will be planted alongside the bone structure.
  • The dentist will cover it with collagen to facilitate healing.
  • Finally, the dentist will suture up the incision so it can heal.

The aforementioned steps highlight the major steps involved. The exact procedure will differ based on the location of the extracted tooth, type of grafting material, and various other factors.


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Ridge Preservation Q&A

How long does it take to heal from getting your teeth pulled?

After dental extraction, your empty socket will heal completely within one or two weeks. However, you can resume most of your daily activities after 48 hours. You will also have to revisit the dentist after a week so they can examine how your socket is healing and take off the stitches, if necessary.

What are the advantages of bone grafting?

Bone grafting serves the following advantages:

  • Preserving bone structure.
  • Protecting dry sockets.
  • Preventing the surrounding teeth from drifting away.
  • Letting you get dental implants later.

Is a bone graft necessary after a tooth extraction?

Bone grafting isn’t necessary after tooth extraction but it does protect you from dry sockets and it protects the bone structure from eventual disintegration. As such, it’s recommended even if it’s not necessary.

Why are dental implants best for tooth replacement?

Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option available because they don’t just replace the tooth crown but the root and foundation as well. The dentist screws the metallic post into your jawbone, which eventually heals around the post. Over time, the implant becomes a part of your body, just like all your actual teeth roots. When dental crowns are fastened over them, you can rest assured that they’ll look and function like actual teeth.

Do I need tooth socket preservation?

As mentioned previously, tooth socket preservation isn’t a necessary procedure, but it’s highly recommended to avoid a dry socket or prevent bone loss. However, if you intend to get dental implants in the future, then you must seek socket preservation. Otherwise, you’ll have to get bone grafting done later, which will be a complicated, time-consuming, and expensive procedure.

Schedule your Ridge Augmentation Appointment

At Yorktown Dental Spa, we have some of the best dentists in Houston, TX. We examine your affected tooth carefully and discuss all of your tooth extraction and ridge preservation options. We only recommend ridge augmentation if it will actually be beneficial to you. For more information, please schedule your ridge augmentation appointment today.

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