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Ridge Augmentation

Why? This procedure is done when there is inadequate bone present into which a dental implant can be placed. With this procedure, bone graft material is added to that portion of the bone which is deficient.

How? The tissue is flapped to expose the areas of bone that need a little more growth prior to implants. Bone grafting material is placed in those areas and a membrane is used to cover and contain the bone graft. A few sutures are then placed to hold the tissue together. After a period of healing, often 6 to 8 months, an x-ray is taken to determine healing and dental implant(s) can be placed.