What Is Ridge Preservation?
Ridge preservation is a particular type of bone grafting procedure that our skilled team of oral and maxillofacial specialists is proud to perform at our Colorado Springs and Pueblo, CO offices. When a tooth needs to be removed, this can cause the jawbone tissue that surrounds the tooth sockets to cave in. This leaves behind an indention in the arch, weakening the support structure of the bone and often impacting the appearance of your face. To maintain a recent tooth extraction site, our doctors can prepare the affected bone for solid implant support and preserve the natural contours of the jaw. After you have a tooth extracted, one of our experienced doctors will perform a ridge preservation procedure by grafting healthy donor bone tissue to the extraction site. Once this donor tissue has completed osseointegration (has been fully integrated with your jawbone), you will be ready to move on to the next step of your restorative dental journey by receiving an implant.
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When Is Ridge Preservation Recommended?
Patients who have a tooth or teeth that are decayed or damaged beyond the point of saving could qualify for a ride preservation bone graft procedure. If teeth aren't replaced soon after removal or loss, it can cause the jawbone to deteriorate over time because it is no longer being used to support a tooth root. This can end up affecting your physical appearance and your candidacy for restorative treatments, like dental implants, later on. If you're having a tooth extracted and are considering dental implants to replace the missing tooth, one of our doctors will work with you to develop a treatment plan to preserve the integrity of your jawbone.
How is a Ridge Preservation Graft Performed?
At our Colorado Springs and Pueblo, CO offices, ridge preservation is typically performed immediately after a tooth is extracted. We offer several different types of sedation dentistry to help keep you comfortable throughout your treatment, such as IV sedation and anesthesia. The treatment area will be numbed prior to your tooth removal. Once the tooth has been extracted, we will then fill the empty bone sockets with donor tissue taken from yourself, another human, an animal source, or a biocompatible sample. To ensure that you receive the best possible outcome from your treatment, we may also place tissue regenerative materials into the grafting sites to help speed along your recovery and the osseointegration process. Once the jawbone has been built back up with donor tissue, we will suture your gums and rinse the treatment areas.
Ridge Preservation Aftercare and REcovery
After your ridge preservation procedure, a member of our team will give you detailed post-treatment instructions to help you properly care for your mouth throughout the recovery stage. You may notice some discomfort and swelling at the treated area, but these sensations can be addressed with nonprescription pain medication and cold compresses. If you notice any uncontrollable bleeding, extraordinary pain, or fever, please contact our office immediately to receive guidance. We urge patients to attend all of their planned follow-up appointments at our office so our team can monitor your progress and let you know when the donor bone tissue has fully fused with your jawbone. Once this has taken place, you will be ready to move on to the next step of your restorative dental treatment.
Is Ridge PReservation Covered by Insurance?
Some of the costs for your ridge preservation procedure may be covered by your dental insurance, depending on your individual plan. A member of our team will contact your provider to learn about your benefits and file a claim on your behalf. Once your coverage has been assessed, we will be able to calculate your out-of-pocket costs. To cover these, we accept a range of payment methods, including (but not limited to) low-interest financing through CareCredit®.
A STRONG AND HEALTHY JAWBONE
If you have a broken, damaged, decayed, or an otherwise unsalvageable tooth that requires extraction, having a ridge preservation procedure is often an excellent preventive measure to keep your jawbone strong and healthy. It can also help you in the near future when the time comes to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant. To learn more about this advanced bone grafting treatment, or to find out if you could benefit from a ridge preservation procedure, contact our Colorado Springs or Pueblo, CO offices and speak to a member of our skilled team.