Ridge Augmentation

Inadequate bone /or ridge width in the upper or lower jaw does not allow the placing of dental implants or leaves an unaesthetic area for dental bridgework.

A ridge augmentation involves the placement of bone particles obtained from other sites in the mouth, bone banks or synthetic bone, under the gums to build up the ridge. A small dissolving membrane is used under the gums to hold the bone particles in place and give the bone time to heal. Depending on your individual needs, the bone usually will be allowed to heal for four to six months before implants can be placed.