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Dental Ridge Preservation Services in San Antonio, TX

Bluebonnet Oral Surgery and Implants is proud to offer ridge preservation, a crucial procedure performed after tooth extraction. Ridge preservation involves placing a bone graft into the socket where the tooth was removed, helping to maintain the shape and structure of the jawbone. This procedure is essential for patients who may require dental implants in the future, as it helps preserve the jawbone’s wellness and structure. With our cutting-edge technology and personalized care, we strive to provide the highest quality dental services to our patients in San Antonio, TX. Contact us today to learn more about ridge preservation and how it can benefit you.

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What Is Ridge Preservation?

Ridge augmentation is a routine dental procedure often performed post-tooth extraction to restore the natural contour of the gums and jaw, which may be compromised by bone loss resulting from the extraction or other factors. The alveolar ridge, surrounding tooth roots, undergoes changes when a tooth is extracted, leaving an empty socket. While these sockets typically heal independently, there’s a risk of thinning or loss of the socket’s front or side wall, leading to a decrease in height and width during the healing process. If left unaddressed, this deterioration can persist.

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Why Is Preserving the Ridge Important?

Preserving the original dimensions of the alveolar ridge is crucial for successful dental implant placement and aesthetic considerations. Dental implants rely on a supportive bone structure, and ridge preservation plays a vital role in preventing the loss of essential bone needed to accommodate implants effectively. By employing alveolar ridge preservation techniques, such as bone grafting, we can ensure that our patients receive the highest quality dental care and achieve optimal outcomes for their implant procedures.

How Is Ridge Preservation Conducted?

Ridge augmentation involves the placement of bone graft material into the tooth socket immediately after extraction, eliminating the need for a subsequent procedure. Following this, the socket is covered with gum tissue secured with sutures. Dr. Randolph, Dr. Cockrell and Dr. Jackson may opt for a space-maintaining product or membrane over the graft to safeguard the height and width of the area for new bone growth. After the socket heals, preparations can be made on the alveolar ridge for the placement of dental implants. Typically conducted in our office, the ridge preservation procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and patients may also request additional sedative medication if desired.

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