Ridge Augmentation

When teeth are extracted, the bone often resorbs during healing and leaves an indentation in the gum. When a bridge is placed, this concavity prevents the artificial tooth from looking natural – instead, it appears as if it is just lying on top of the gum. By repairing the ridge defect with a ridge augmentation, the artificial tooth now looks like it is emerging from the gum, and cannot be distinguished from the natural teeth.

The best way to treat a ridge deficiency is to prevent it from occurring. The amount of bone loss from an extraction can be minimized by performing a ridge augmentation at the time of extraction.

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