Your Local Lexington, SC Periodontist
Mckenzie Periodontics provides high quality periodontics and implant dentistry to the Columbia and Lexington, South Carolina areas. Dr. Greg Mckenzie and his highly trained team offer a host of periodontic procedures including implant dentistry, laser periodontal treatment, and ridge preservation.
If a tooth is lost or extracted, the empty space left behind by the tooth root is known as the socket. When a tooth is missing, the tissues and jawbone around the socket can diminish and be reabsorbed back into the body. This degradation of the jawbone prevents many dental restoration procedures, such as tooth implants, from being effective. Ridge preservation is a treatment designed to reverse this process and restore the degraded jawbone, allowing other dental restoration procedures to be effective.
Ridge preservation is a bone grafting procedure that reconstructs the jawbone where the lost tooth has left an empty, frail socket. Dr. McKenzie will place one of a few different types of special bone grafting products: either an autogenous graft; allograft; or an alloplast/xenograft. These products help stimulate the regrowth of your natural jawbone into the empty socket. The surgical site will be stitched up, and your mouth will need to heal for approximately 3-5 months - this gives your jawbone enough time to heal before additional restorative efforts are implemented.
Ridge preservation repairs jawbone loss by rebuilding the bone in the lost tooth’s empty socket. This rebuilding lays the groundwork for dental implants and a new, complete smile!
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If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to fill out our online form, located on our contact page, or call us at our Columbia, SC practice. We look forward to seeing you smile!