What Is Ridge Preservation?
A ridge preservation procedure is a type of bone grafting service used to preserve and maintain an area of the jaw following a tooth extraction. We may recommend this type of care to prepare the missing tooth site for future tooth replacement with a dental implant or to help keep a natural shape to your face after tooth loss. Ridge preservation at our Hewitt, TX practice utilizes a special bone grafting material that fills the empty tooth sockets created in the jaw when a tooth is removed. This procedure can help stimulate the regeneration of bone in the site and help prevent the socket walls from caving inward. If you or a family member need a tooth extracted, schedule a consultation with one of our skilled general dentists at ACE Dental of Hewitt for more on the benefits of ridge preservation.
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Are You a Candidate for Ridge Preservation?
You might be a good candidate for ridge preservation if you need to have a tooth removed and/or are considering a dental implant to replace your tooth. When performed at the hands of a skilled practitioner, like those at ACE Dental of Hewitt, ridge preservation can help prevent the bone deterioration that commonly occurs in the dental arch after a tooth is lost. It may also minimize the need for other surgical grafts down the road. At your consultation, our team will speak with you about ridge preservation following tooth extractions and help you explore your tooth replacement options.
What Is the Treatment Process?
Ridge preservation services are performed in one of our state-of-the-art treatment rooms. We will numb the area with a local anesthetic but may also provide nitrous oxide sedation to help you feel even more at ease. Once your tooth has been safely extracted, our team will perform the ridge preservation procedure by adding bone grafting material to the empty tooth socket. To help encourage bone growth and expedite healing, we may also place collagen or other tissue regenerative factors in the area. Your gums will then be sutured closed and instructions on caring for your mouth as you heal will be explained by a team member.
Recovery Following Ridge Preservation
Following your extraction and ridge preservation treatment, you may have some swelling and discomfort in your jaw. Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers may be recommended to help manage any post-treatment symptoms. Along with eating a soft food diet, it is also a good idea to avoid using straws, spitting, and smoking for several days. We may have you return to ACE Dental of Hewitt for a follow-up visit about 7 – 10 days later to have your sutures removed. Maintaining a good oral hygiene regimen is essential throughout the healing process and thereafter. Our dental experts will monitor the condition of your jaw and help you choose when to replace your tooth with a dental implant.
Insurance Coverage for Your Care
Bone grafting procedures, like ridge preservation, may be covered in part under some dental insurance policies. A member of our business team will review your individual benefits and calculate any personal treatment costs. We can also explain the affordable payment methods accepted at ACE Dental of Hewitt, including special dental financing, and help you select an option the best meets your needs.
Preserve Your Jaw With Ridge Preservation
Preserving the jaw immediately following a tooth extraction can help maintain the area until you are ready for a dental implant. Ridge preservation with our Hewitt, TX dental experts fortifies an extraction site by adding bone grafting material to tooth sockets to create a foundation for future implant success. Book your visit at ACE Dental of Hewitt today to learn more about ridge preservation or other options for meeting your oral health needs.