Ridge Augmentation

What is a ridge augmentation?

A ridge augmentation is a common dental procedure often performed following a tooth extraction. This procedure helps recreate the natural contour of the gums and jaw that may have been lost due to bone loss from a tooth extraction, or for another reason.

The alveolar ridge of the jaw is the bone that surrounds the roots of teeth. When a tooth is removed an empty socket is left in the alveolar ridge bone. Usually this empty socket will heal on its own, filling with bone and tissue. Sometimes when a tooth is removed the bone surrounding the socket breaks and is unable to heal on its own. The previous height and width of the socket will continue to deteriorate.

Rebuilding the original height and width of the alveolar ridge is not always medically necessary, but may be required for dental implant placement or for aesthetic purposes. Dental implants require bone to support their structure and a ridge augmentation can help rebuild this bone to accommodate the implant.

How is a ridge augmentation accomplished?

A ridge augmentation is accomplished by placing bone graft material in the tooth socket. It is often done immediately after the tooth is removed to avoid the need for a second procedure later. Next, the gum tissue is placed over the socket and secured with sutures. Dr. Burnett or Dr. Bays may choose to use a space-maintaining product over the top of the graft to facilitate new bone growth. Once the socket has healed, the alveolar ridge can be prepared for dental implant placement.

A ridge augmentation procedure is typically performed in Drs. Burnett and Bays’s office under local anesthesia. Some patients may also request sedative medication.

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I had a great first experience, I just want to thank Dr. Burnett for getting me in so fast and taking care of my problem! he did a fantastic job.

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I had an amazing experience here. I was so nervous for my surgery but the ladies and gentlemen in there were just amazing and comforted me so well. Love both the doctors and nurse and would go again!

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Dental procedures are never fun….. but the staff and Dr Burnett make it as painless and pleasant as possible…… even blankets are provided. Everyone is happy and friendly. Blessed

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Excellent care. Very thorough and informative. Very friendly and caring.. would definitely use again and recommend to others.

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Everyone was wonderful. There was no waiting. They had me in and out very fast. Will definitely recommend.

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Dr Bays did a wonderful job & loved the asst.s, would highly recommend this office!

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I hate dental work and it makes me anxious. This team took all the stress and anxiety out of the situation. Dr. Bays is very friendly and thoughtful. The entire office- from front desk, assistants, and nurses to Dr.- were great. Clean and nice setting. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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Dr. Burnett was awesome.....very kind and efficient and I had very little pain. The healing process was amazing. His staff was wonderful too. I highly recommend Dr Burnett and Staff.

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Best overall doctor I have ever seen. Explains the procedure how I can understand it and uses a sense of humor.

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Great experience. Everyone was very professional and kind.

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I was overwhelmed with the staff and doctor thank you for all you do the only complaint it took way to long to get in for appointment and abstraction

- Michael O

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Very professional and courteous. Excellent job explaining the procedures for whatever they are going to be performing.

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Everything was amazing all th staff was awesome. The surgery was seamless with minimal swelling and pain. Everyone was compassionate and took amazing care explaining everything. I would go to them again and again with my oral surgery problems

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Everyone was professional and kind. It was a positive experience for me.

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No issues whatsoever. All the staff were kind and informative from start to finish.

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Friendly professional staff. At the Consultation appointment I was given all the information and options along with the cost so there were no surprises. When I came back for the procedure, Dr Bays explained everything he was doing and his staff assisting him was amazing. Had a great experience.

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