About Ridge Augmentation
After a tooth extraction, ridge augmentation is performed and involves placing a bone graft directly into the empty socket where the tooth's roots once were. This is done to help recreate the natural shape of the gums and jaw after an extraction. Ridge augmentation can prevent jawbone deterioration where a tooth socket once was following a tooth extraction, making it possible for patients to use dentures or receive dental implants in the future. San Marcos dentist Dr. Jeffrey Allred at Allred Dental can help determine if a ridge augmentation is necessary and can inform you of the benefits of this procedure.
Ridge Augmentation Benefits
Ridge augmentation procedures have been proven to benefit the overall health of a patient's smile, and to improve their appearance and boost their confidence. In addition, the ridge augmentation procedure:
- Recreates a natural bone and gum ridge
- Improves aesthetic appearance
- Increases stability for long-term function and oral health
- Reduces gaps between the gums and dental restorations
"I had such a wonderful experience at Allred dental. Dr. Allred and his staff are super friendly and attentive they made me feel totally relaxed which is pretty rare for being at a dentist office. I was actually a little nervous going in for my procedure because I was scared it was going to be painful. In the contrary I felt no pain and they were finished before I knew it. It was great!! I would highly recommend Allred dental to anyone needing dental services."- C.C. / Google / Aug 21, 2017
"Best dentist I've ever had. Staff is great, and Dr Allred is friendly and skilled. I'll never switch to another dentist!"- S.S. / Yelp / Mar 16, 2018
"Dr. Allred is amazing at what he does. I didn't even feel the shots and he banged out 8 cavities in one sitting for me. It was impressive to say the least. Thanks Jeff!"- E.A. / Yelp / Oct 01, 2017
"My new Dentist 100%. I rarely give reviews online. I have to say Dr, Allred and the staff have welcomed me into this office. They are talented and friendly. office is updated with modern machines and tools and other nice high tech tools."- E.G. / Google / Jul 21, 2017
"I've had a lot of experience with dentists and Dr. Allred is the best I've been to. He is gentle, professional and does beautiful work. He also has what seems to me to be the latest in equipment. If you're a little neurotic (or a lot as I am) about dental visits, then this is the place for you. His staff without exception are great. They are very helpful and knowledgable. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dr. Allred to my family and friends."- B. / Google / Jun 21, 2017
What to Expect
A ridge augmentation procedure is most commonly performed in our facility under local anesthesia. Sedation options are available and will be discussed with patients beforehand. During the simple surgical procedure, bone graft material will be placed into the exposed tooth socket. This may be done immediately following an extraction. Following the placement of the graft material, the gum tissue will be carefully placed over the socket and the wound will be closed, usually with sutures. After a healing period, the ridge is considered ready for dental restorations like dental implants.
The specific aftercare treatment will vary from person to person depending on their unique situation. Following a patient's ridge augmentation procedure, Dr. Allred and our Allred Dental team will talk about wound care and oral hygiene routines. Antibacterial mouthwash and pain medications may be discussed to prevent infection and to relieve discomfort. Should a patient become worried during the healing process, our team will be available to answer any questions and address concerns.
At Allred Dental, we will work with you and your insurance company to determine what will be covered. Our office also offers financing plans to help make procedures more affordable. Prior to treatment, we will discuss all costs with you.
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At Allred Dental, we are focused on helping our patients achieve the best functioning, best looking, healthiest smile possible. If you feel that your smile and your health would benefit from a ridge augmentation procedure, or you would like to gather more information about the treatment, we invite you to give us a call today. We look forward to speaking with you and can't wait to assist you on your dental health journey.