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Ridge Preservation Preserves Bone Around a Lost Tooth and Keeps Your Mouth Healthy!

Ridge Preservation in Lewis Center & Columbus, OH

When one or more teeth are extracted from the mouth, soft tissue and bone can begin to regress or collapse. Without the tooth root to stimulate it, the surrounding jaw bone will often begin to deteriorate shortly following the loss of a tooth. If there is significant bone loss, it may be impossible to place dental implants and may become more expensive, invasive, and time consuming to replace the lost bone. Loss of bone can lead to depressions or unevenness within the ridge, as its form is supported by the contour of the underlying bone. Ridge (or socket) preservation is a type of bone grafting procedure that rebuilds and stabilizes bone where an extraction has left an empty socket. It is recommended to have a ridge preservation procedure performed at the time of an extraction, as it helps to promote the esthetics of the ridge and avoid bony defects.

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Bone Preservation Begins At Tooth Extraction

Ridge preservation can essentially minimize the amount of bone loss that occurs after the removal of one or more teeth. Leaving the socket empty after an extraction is likely to lead to deteriorating bone in the jaw, making it more difficult to place an implant later. This procedure is designed to prevent the collapsing of bone and soft tissue in the sockets.

The Benefits of a Crown Include:

  • Enhancing your appearance
  • Covering discolored teeth
  • Attaching a dental bridge
  • Holding a filling in place
  • To protect a weak or cracked tooth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To strengthen the teeth
  • To restore a tooth to its natural shape and size

The Benefits of Ridge Preservation

  • Prepares the site for future placement of a dental implant or other tooth replacement, reducing the need for additional grafting
  • Minimally invasive with minimal discomfort
  • Maintains the esthetics of the ridge, especially for the front of the mouth
  • Preserves a natural looking smile
  • You need a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth
  • Your teeth are misshapen or discolored
  • You have a root canal
  • To restore a tooth to its natural shape and size

The Ridge Preservation Procedure and How Does it Work?

Ridge preservation procedures ideally begin with the removal of the tooth. The doctor will perform the extraction carefully so as to not disturb existing bone in the socket. Next, the doctor will place a specialized bone grafting product. This product can be an autogenous graft, allograft, or alloplast or xenograft material. The bone grafting material is designed to replace bone and stimulate bone growth in the socket. After it has been placed, the grafting material will be stabilized with sutures and possibly a collagen membrane. Healing time is approximately three to five months before a dental implant can be placed.

Do I Need a Dental Crown?

Tooth decay is not the only reason you might need a crown. Other reasons may include:
  • To keep teeth from fracturing or breaking. When a tooth is cracked, a dental crown can be used to strengthen it and keep it from breaking completely.
  • To restore teeth affected by tooth decay. When tooth decay is extensive, and damages a great deal of tooth structure, a filling is often not enough to provide needed support. A dental crown can be placed to hold the tooth together and restore it to health.
  • Your teeth are discolored or not shaped correctly. Crowns can be shaded and shaped to any specifications, which offers an excellent means of creating a bright, uniform smile.
  • You have severely worn teeth. Dental crowns can be used to rebuild your teeth and restore a functional bite.
  • You have had a root canal. Root canals weaken a tooth (but are at times necessary to save it). A dental crown is typically needed to restore and maintain your tooth’s strength and function after this procedure.

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