The practice of Dr. Gregg W. McKenzie is dedicated to providing modern periodontal treatments to the residents of Lexington, Blythewood, and Columbia, South Carolina. Our professional staff will work endlessly with you in order to implement the proper procedure to fulfill your dental needs. With special training, expertise, and the most advanced equipment in periodontics, we are happy to provide our patients with ridge augmentations. To learn more about ridge augmentations and what this treatment entails, continue reading below.
About Ridge Augmentations
The ridge of the mouth is an area at which the contour of the bone and gums meet with the teeth. When a periodontal disease is left untreated, the ridge will deteriorate and the tooth will be lost. In the case of a periodontal disease that goes untreated, this area will deteriorate and the tooth will be lost. Once the tooth is lost, the jawbone is reabsorbed because it is no longer needed to hold the tooth in place. This reabsorption causes an indentation where the tooth used to be. A ridge augmentation will then be performed in order to rebuild the proper height and width of the ridge so that dental implants may be placed or simply for aesthetic purposes.
How a Ridge Augmentation Is Performed
A ridge augmentation involves expanding the ridge mechanically and then applying a bone graft to the tooth socket. This is often done following the extraction of a tooth. Next, the gums will be gently placed over the socket and sutured to remain in a secure position. After a few months, the bone graft rebuilds the ridge, adding substance to the indentation. Finally, when the ridge has been rebuilt, the dental implant or restoration can be put in place of the lost tooth.
Periodontics in Columbia, SC
The practice of Dr. Gregg W. McKenzie is happy to provide several periodontal services to the communities of Columbia and Lexington, South Carolina including ridge augmentations and dental implants. If you are interested in learning more about these treatments, please do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you acquire the smile you deserve.