By performing a ridge augmentation in Brandon, FL, Dr. Mark A. Abdoney can recreate the natural shape of your gum line after tooth loss has occurred. There are two main types of ridge augmentation:
• Soft tissue augmentation – To improve the cosmetic appearance of the area
• Hard tissue augmentation - To recreate bone contour so that dental implants can be placed
Similar to a gum graft, ridge augmentation is used to recreate the natural appearance of your gum line. After a tooth has been lost or removed, the bone and gums in the area will begin to deteriorate and shrink. This usually leads to an indentation in the gums where the tooth was located. Ridge augmentation can fix this indentation and return your gums back to their natural appearance.
This procedure is not usually necessary in a medical sense, however it is often recommended to prevent food and bacteria from becoming trapped in the indentation. Just like a gum graft, it is often performed for aesthetic reasons. An indentation in the gum line is usually very noticeable and can make patients feel uncomfortable with their smile.
Another reason for ridge augmentation is to prepare the mouth for a dental prosthetic. By strengthening the bone and gum tissue, a dental implant will have adequate support and also appear more natural. Without ridge augmentation, placing a dental implant is sometimes not possible.
Soft tissue augmentation is mainly a cosmetic procedure. Dr. Abdoney will numb the area before beginning the procedure. Then, a small incision will be made to expose the area. Dr. Abdoney will then take a tissue sample and perform a gum graft to improve the gum line. The graft material is held in place by sutures which will be removed in about two weeks.
Hard tissue augmentation is used to create adequate bone contouring for dental implants. After the area has been numbed, Dr. Abdoney will make a small incision in the gums to expose the bone. Then a bone sample is taken from a donor area and grafted to the jaw. Finally, the site is sutured closed.
Losing a tooth can often present a need for ridge augmentation. To learn more about a ridge augmentation or gum graft in Brandon, FL, contact Dr. Abdoney and schedule your consultation today!