What Is Ridge Preservation?
As a type of bone grafting procedure, ridge preservation can help stabilize and fortify the jawbone following the removal of a tooth. The expert team at ACE Dental of Harker Heights may recommend this procedure to prepare your jaw to support a future dental implant and help maintain the shape of your face after tooth loss. Ridge preservation is performed immediately following a tooth extraction procedure. During the process, our dentists add a special bone grafting material to fill the empty sockets in the jawbone left by tooth roots. The bone grafting material helps keep the socket walls from caving inward and contributing to bone loss while promoting the regeneration of healthy bone tissue in the area. To learn if ridge preservation might benefit your oral health following a tooth extraction, please schedule a visit at our Harker Heights, TX facility.
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Is Ridge Preservation Right for You?
You may be a good candidate for ridge preservation if you need to have a permanent tooth removed and are planning to replace it with a dental implant. This form of bone grafting can also serve to minimize the bone atrophy that often follows tooth loss and may help prevent the need for further surgical grafts later on. Prior to your extraction visit, our Harker Heights, TX team will discuss ridge preservation and your tooth replacement options and assist you in determining if this approach can help meet your oral health goals.
The Treatment Process
We perform ridge preservation services under local anesthetic within one of our comfortable, well-equipped treatment rooms. Nitrous oxide sedation may also be available to help you feel more relaxed if desired. Following the removal of your tooth, our team will complete the ridge preservation treatment by adding bone grafting material directly into the empty tooth sockets. Tissue membranes and regenerative factors may also be incorporated to stimulate bone regrowth and help speed up the healing process. After suturing the area closed, our team will provide you with instructions on caring for your mouth as you recover.
Recovery Following Ridge Preservation
Your mouth may feel swollen or tender for a few days following your tooth extraction and ridge preservation. These symptoms may be alleviated with prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers. Along with avoiding the use of straws, spitting, and smoking, we may recommend that you consume a soft food diet for at least the first couple of days. Maintaining good oral hygiene each day is essential both as you heal and following the recovery process. We may have you schedule a follow-up visit 7 – 10 days later to have your sutures removed. The dentists at ACE Dental of Harker Heights will also monitor your treatment site and help you decide when to move forward with your dental implant tooth replacement.
Insurance Coverage for Your Care
If you carry dental insurance, our financial team can review your benefits to determine if any portion of your care might be covered. ACE Dental of Harker Heights takes immense pride in offering affordable treatment options to patients in our community and will work with you to design a budget-friendly payment solution. Please reach out to our business staff to learn about the convenient payment options we accept, such as flexible financing plans.
Strengthen Your Jaw With Ridge Preservation
Strengthening the jaw following a tooth extraction may help provide the foundation necessary for dental implant success. Ridge preservation from the accomplished dentists at ACE Dental of Harker Heights can stabilize extraction sites for future implant placement while helping to maintain natural facial contours. Schedule a visit at our Harker Heights, TX practice to find out if ridge preservation after a tooth extraction is a good option for your oral health.