PRESERVATION OF YOUR UPPER AND LOWER DENTAL RIDGES
Ridge preservation describes a variety of bone grafting procedures designed to maintain your bone levels, especially after extractions. Typically after an extraction, the bone will undergo drastic changes having lost its primary function of supporting the root. Without a purpose, the bone will dissolve releasing its mineral content into the blood stream and other parts of the body. Dr. Everett will use a barrier membrane to protect the bone graft as you heal. Grafting bone into your extraction site can help prepare the jawbone for dental implant placement or other restorative options, as well improve the esthetic quality of your mouth and smile.
Bone Grafting for Lower Dental Ridges
Because your lower jawbone, or mandible, is the denser of your two dental ridges, bone grafting is typically a straight-forward procedure. Using a biocompatible bone/tissue growth matrix (in the form of bone/tissue barrier membranes), Dr. Everett can help guide the growth of new bone structure where necessary.
Sinus Augmentation for Upper Dental Ridges
Your upper jawbone, or maxilla, is not as dense as the mandible. Above it lies the empty, mucus-lined cavities of your maxillary sinuses. Preserving your upper dental ridge could require a surgical procedure, known as sinus augmentation, to lift the sinus floor before fortifying the jawbone with a bone graft.
Preserve Your Dental Ridges After Tooth Loss/Extraction
After a tooth is lost or extracted, you can prevent subsequent jawbone loss with ridge or socket preservation surgery. To find out if you might need bone grafting or sinus augmentation, schedule an appointment by emailing DrEverett@highplainsperio.com, or calling our office in Lubbock, TX at 806-686-1262. We offer a free consultation (typically valued at $400) that includes any radiographs Dr. Everett may need for proper diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs and desires.