Ridge Augmentation

Ridge Augmentation

Ridge Augmentation is the building up or reconstruction of bone in areas of the mouth that have experienced tooth loss, and the remaining bone volume is not adequate for dental implants.

Ridge Augmentation

To the left is an example of how a patient's mandible can resorb over time when teeth are missing. The third illustration represents a situation that would require augmentation before dental implants could be placed.

Below is a schematic that shows how an area of bone loss can be built up using something called a membrane, along with a bone graft.

Ridge Augmentation - cross section of mandible

Missing Teeth

“It has been estimated that 69% of Americans age 35 to 44 have at least one missing tooth, and one in four over the age of 74 have lost ALL their natural teeth.” — AAID