Maintain Your Bone with Alveolar Ridge Preservation at Time of Dental Extraction

Tampa Oral Surgeon Dr. Renato Aves often recommends having alveolar ridge preservation performed at the time of tooth extraction. This is because the extraction process necessarily leaves a gap in the alveolar bone where the tooth once was. This procedure preventively builds up your alveolar bone and reduces your risk for ridge deficiency. To learn more about ridge preservation or find out how this procedure could benefit you, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aves.

Why is Ridge Preservation Important?

Proactively securing and protecting your alveolar tissue directly following an extraction can be beneficial in a variety of ways. The advantages of ridge preservation include:

  • Preventing the narrow, sunken, asymmetrical facial appearance that can result from alveolar bone loss.
  • Ensuring that you remain or become eligible for dental implants. These are titanium posts Dr. Aves can insert into the jawbone to replace missing tooth roots and stably hold restorations for a natural look and comfortable fit.
  • Saving you the expense, hassle, time, and discomfort of a ridge augmentation or bone graft procedure later on after your extraction.
  • In some cases, faster healing than a typical extraction, since Dr. Aves will suture the gums so a blood clot does not have to form in the gap.

The Procedure

The first step in ridge preservation surgery is removing the affected tooth. Dr. Aves will perform either a simple extraction, using forceps to loosen and remove an erupted tooth if it has sufficient enamel above the gum line, or a surgical extraction, making an incision into the gums to remove a damaged tooth from beneath them. In either case, Dr. Aves will work to maintain as much of your alveolar bone as possible during the extraction process.

Next, Dr. Aves will use bone grafting techniques to fill in the space left by the missing tooth. Utilizing an autogenous graft requires an additional surgical procedure, since he must remove tissue from another of your bones, but using live material from your own body can lead to very successful ridge preservation. If an autogenous graft does not suit your needs and preferences, Dr. Aves can also use an allograft, formed from cadaver bone tissue, or a xenograft, manufactured from non-human tissue, often made from cow bones. No matter which type of graft he uses, Dr. Aves will secure it to your remaining alveolar bone using titanium screws and Piezosurgery® techniques. He may also use bone marrow, a special membrane, or plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF) to speed your healing and help fuse the tissue. Finally, he will suture your gums to complete the procedure.

We typically use local anesthetic paired with sedation techniques to keep patients comfortable and relaxed during extraction and ridge preservation.

Learn More About Ridge Preservation

Dr. Aves frequently recommends this technique for patients undergoing an extraction because it can help maintain your facial appearance, allow for dental implant placement, and improve your overall oral health. Contact the Tampa Bay Institute of Oral Surgery and Dental Implants to learn more about ridge preservation or schedule a consultation with Dr. Aves.

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