Successful dental implant procedures are dependent on a healthy jawbone structure. Over time, lost teeth can lead to bone deterioration. The possible result is not enough bone for dental implants.
While rarely necessary, if this is an issue, New Smile Carolina—through bone regeneration procedures—can add enough bone to the ridge of the jawbone or the sinus air space between the ridge, allowing patients to become candidates for dental implants.
Socket preservation graft
Tooth extraction is sometimes necessary due to pain, infection, bone loss, or a fracture in the tooth. The bone that holds the tooth in place (socket) can become damaged by disease or infection, resulting in a deformity of the jaw. These types of jaw defects can cause issues for restorative dentistry. The issues can be prevented and repaired by a procedure called socket preservation.
Ridge augmentation graft
A ridge augmentation is a common dental procedure often performed following a tooth extraction. This procedure helps recreate the natural contour of the gums and jaw that may have been lost due to bone loss from a tooth extraction or for another reason.
The alveolar ridge of the jaw is the bone that surrounds the roots of teeth. When a tooth is removed, an empty socket is left in the alveolar ridge bone. Usually this empty socket will heal on its own, filling with bone and tissue. However, in some cases, the previous height and width of the socket will continue to deteriorate.
Rebuilding the original height and width of the alveolar ridge may be required for dental implant placement or for aesthetic purposes. Dental implants require bone to support their structure, and a ridge augmentation can help rebuild this bone to accommodate the implant.