Ridge augmentation procedures are used to correct irregularities in the jawbone where your natural teeth are missing. They are also used to prevent the jawbone from collapsing after tooth extraction, and help to even out dental implants that may seem too long compared to the rest of your teeth.
“Ridge modification” may be needed if you don’t have enough bone to support an implant. This bone loss could be caused by periodontal disease, wearing dentures, injury, or trauma. During this procedure, bone or bone substitute is added where needed to ensure a proper foundation for implants. Your bone usually needs four to twelve months of healing time before placing implants.
All information was provided from the American Academy of Periodontology. For more information, please visit the American Academy of Periodontology Patient Page at: www.perio.org