Understanding ridge modification services
Patients who have experienced significant damage to the smile from periodontal disease will often find that they need treatments to rebuild the area to have certain procedures performed in the future. For example, patients who would like to use dental implants to restore their teeth might find they are not candidates due to the damage to the jaw’s bone. Red Bank, New Jersey area patients may then need to work with a dentist who can perform a procedure known as ridge modification.
What is ridge modification/ridge augmentation?
Glenn A. MacFarlane describes ridge modification as a procedure used for treating bone loss in the upper and/or lower jaw to fix deformities and repair the area for the placement of dental implants. Dental implants are popular tooth replacement solutions for individuals who want a permanent, fixed restoration after tooth loss. In order for them to be placed, however, the jawbone must be sufficient to ensure the placement of these restorations is successful. Bone grafting, or ridge modification, is often performed to prepare the area for the placement of a dental implant. During the ridge augmentation procedure, Dr. Glenn A. MacFarlane fills the area where the bone has been lost with bone grafting material to rebuild the alveolar ridge. This enables successful implant placement and helps in maintaining the remaining teeth in place.
Should I have ridge augmentation performed?
During a consultation visit and thorough evaluation, Dr. Glenn A. MacFarlane will determine if a patient needs ridge modification to place dental implants later on. This can be determined by performing a series of x-rays to check the health of the jawbone and what needs to be done. Once the area has been rebuilt, patients can then schedule their oral surgery for the placement of dental implants.
Call The Center for Holistic Dental Medicine today!
If you are considering ridge augmentation or other treatments and services surrounding periodontics and implants, we encourage you to book an appointment with Dr. Glenn A. MacFarlane by calling (732) 517-7785. The office is located at 211 Broad Street, Ste. #106, and accepts new patients in the area of Red Bank, NJ, and beyond!