You must make sure that you take care of your oral health. That is why we recommend that everyone visit us at least twice per year for regular cleanings. Sometimes, during these cleanings, we identify oral health issues in our patients before they have symptoms. One of the issues that we might spot has to do with the ridge of your mouth. The alveolar ridge is located in the jaw. This is a bone that surrounds the roots of the teeth. If a tooth is removed, then an empty socket remains and the ridge of the bone can change. Even though there are situations where the socket will heal on its own, this isn’t always the case. If the socket deteriorates, this can impact your ridge’s contour, leading to oral health problems. According to medical studies, ridge augmentation can eliminate dead space, reduce infection risk, and enhance the healing process.

What Should I Expect During a Ridge Augmentation Procedure?

If you have been told that you might benefit from this procedure, you should know what to expect. First, at Lovett Dental Humble, we provide both preventive care and emergency services. We use our experience to make sure that we provide the best outcomes for our patients as possible. When you visit us, you should expect that all of your questions will answer before the procedure begins.

Then, when the procedure starts, a small amount of numbing medication will be inserted into the gums. Then, a dentist will unroof your gum tissue and expose the jaw. After this, either hard bone tissue or soft tissue will be added to the contour. Finally, the gum tissue will be sutured shut. We will follow you during every step of the healing process as well.

What Is the Recovery Process Like?

After the recovery process, you should make sure that you stick to the recommendations of your dentist. Some of the recommendations may include:

  • Try to avoid drinking from a straw during the first few days following the procedure, which could increase the risk of the sutures opening.
  • Ensure that you stick to the diet as recommended by your dentist, as this will reduce the risk of postoperative complications.
  • Even though you should avoid smoking in general, you should certainly avoid smoking following this procedure, which can significantly inhibit the healing process.

By following these recommendations, you will place yourself in a position to be successful.

Dental Implants and Ridge Augmentations

Down the road, there is a possibility that you may require a dental implant. One of the most common causes of ridge contour issues is tooth extraction. If you would like to have a dental implant placed following a tooth extraction, you need to make sure that you have enough gum and bone tissue to support the implant. Ridge augmentation services can help you with this. By adding bone and soft tissue to the extraction location, you fortify your mouth, providing a solid foundation for a future plant.

Call Lovett Dental Humble Today for Your Ridge Augmentation Needs

You need to make sure that you have a reliable dentist who understands how to perform this procedure appropriately. That is where we can help you. At Lovett Dental Humble, we have an unparalleled level of experience when it comes to this procedure. We will make sure that we walk with you every step of the way, ensuring that your questions are answered. We will also tailor all of our treatment services to meet your oral health needs. Contact us today at 832.990.8865 to schedule an appointment with a trained local oral health professional for ridge augmentation services.