Ridge Augmentation – Astoria, NY

What is a Ridge Augmentation?

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

Careful management of extraction sockets after tooth extraction prevents unsightly bone loss and provides a better cosmetic outcome for tooth replacement.

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 it 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 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 the Oral Surgery 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. Rupnarain may choose to use a space-maintaining product over the top of the graft to help restore the height and width of the space created by the tooth and bone loss, and into which new bone should grow. Once the socket has healed, the alveolar ridge can be prepared for dental implant placement.

A ridge augmentation procedure is typically performed in Dr. Rupnarain’s office under local anesthesia. Some patients may also request sedative medication in addition to local anesthesia if it is appropriate.

Astoria Periodontics & Implants

5 out of 5 stars based on 7 Ridge Preservation reviews

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

The staff are lovely. Even if you're terrified of dentists, the team here do their best to welcome email you. The staff speak multiple languages, which can make you feel at ease. The doctor who did my extraction has magical hands!

- Washington F

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Excellent care provided by Doctor Bernard Rupnarain yesterday. So caring, very on point. Answered all my questions and concerns so patiently, that is so hard to find these days. Wonderful staff very polite and professional. I will highly recommend gladly to my friends and love ones.

- Sara Y

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr. Rupnarain completely changed my life. As a trumpet player, I was very limited in performing and doing my job with missing teeth. After dental implants, I feel like a new person both physically and mentally and I can now perform to my fullest potential. It also opened doors for me in my career as a musician with many new job offers. I would highly recommend this practice to everyone, especially Dr. Bernard. http://guelpharts.ca/brilliant-soloists-showcasing-with-guelph-concert-band

- Constantin S

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Both Dr. Rupnarain and Dr. Luciana were great at handling my case. I had implants a couple of months ago and now completed my crowns. I am very happy with my treatment! Affordable pricing, excellent service and great doctors!

- Filipe O

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Prior to coming here, I was skeptical of going to the dentist again as I didn't have a good experience in the past. Now, I feel like it's one of the best decisions I took to come to Professional Dental Associate. They provide you with the best option for a better dental health. They rock!

- Richard M

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

The doctors and staff are very good. Pain free deep cleaning! First dental office that I ever give 5 stars to!

- Rosie G

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Very happy with service all around! The whole procedure was painless.

- Mary Ann P

5 out of 5 stars on