Ridge PreservationExceptional Oral Plastic Surgery
What is Ridge Preservation?
When teeth are extracted, the bone surrounding the root losses support and shrinkage occurs. Studies have shown that the width of bone typically shrinks by 25% in the first six months following extraction. This can be problematic if implants are planned to replace the missing tooth or teeth. To avoid this shrinkage, a bone grafting procedure called a Ridge Preservation can be done at the time of extraction. This involves throughly cleaning out the extraction site and placing a powdered bone material into the socket. Additional materials may also be utilized depending on the degree of bone loss.
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