It is important for you to take care of your teeth. At Lovett Dental Meyerland Plaza, we make sure that we provide dental care to as many people as possible. Even though we encourage everyone to invest in preventive cleanings, we know that these cleanings are not perfect. Issues might arise in between visits and some of them might require something called ridge augmentation. If you have been told that you might need this procedure, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. That is why we have compiled some helpful information regarding this common procedure.

An Overview of Ridge AugmentationThe diagram shows the process of ridge augmentation

At Lovett Dental Meyerland Plaza, we want to empower our patients to take care of their own oral health. That is why we recommend brushing twice per day, flossing daily, and visiting us on a regular basis for a dental visit. Unfortunately, according to information from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC):

  • More than 35 percent of adults over 18 in the United States have not had a dental visit in the past year.
  • More than 15 percent of all children between the ages of 2 and 17 have not had a dental visit in the past year.

Without regular dental visits, plaque and tartar are allowed to build on the teeth. As a result, cavities might grow to the point that teeth need to be removed. When teeth are removed, this could lead to a socket that collapses on itself. Therefore, we might need to fill in the socket to even out the contour of the soft tissue in your mouth using something called ridge augmentation.

The Ridge Augmentation Procedure

The goal of dental augmentation is to smooth out the surface of your jaw, gums, and soft tissue. Usually, this is done shortly after a tooth has been extracted. Particularly if you are thinking about investing in a dental implant to replace the missing tooth, you need to make sure that your mouth is healthy enough to support this implant. During this augmentation procedure, we are going to use soft tissue grafts to reshape the contour of your mouth. Then, we might also recommend a bone augmentation to encourage the growth and recovery of your jaw. That way, we will place you in the best position to recover.

The Benefits of Ridge Augmentation Services

There are several benefits of ridge augmentation services. Some of the main benefits include:

  • This will restore your soft tissue’s natural contour, making it easier for you to take care of your teeth and gums.
  • This type of augmentation can also ensure that your teeth and jaw remain in the proper alignment.
  • This will reduce the chances of the jawbone becoming indented, which could lead to long-term damage.
  • This will restore the aesthetics of a full, healthy smile.
  • This could also allow you to invest in a dental implant down the road.

These are just a few of the many benefits of dental augmentation. We will walk with you every step of the way to make sure that you understand the risks and benefits of this procedure. Following the procedure, if there are any concerns, we also provide emergency services; however, complications are extremely unusual.

Call Lovett Dental Meyerland Plaza Today for Ridge Augmentation Services

Ridge augmentation is just one of the many services that we provide. At Lovett Dental Meyerland Plaza, we are here to take care of all of your dental needs. Our professionals have undergone a tremendous amount of training to make sure that they can customize our treatment services to meet your needs. Please give us a call today at 832.551.3318, or contact us online to make an appointment with a dentist from our staff.