What Is Ridge Preservation?
Oral Surgery Specialists of Pueblo offers a wide variety of procedures to restore the health and cosmetic of your smile, including ridge preservation. This treatment, also called socket preservation, is performed to safeguard the gums and jaw so they are healthy and strong enough to receive dental implants. When a tooth is removed, it leaves behind a concaved depression that if left unprotected can lead to serious issues. A ridge preservation conserves these extraction sites by placing a bone graft within these hollow areas to prevent any damage to the jaw and collapse of the natural contours of the gums. Over time, the newly transplanted bone tissue will heal and fuse with the jaw to build up the support that is necessary for tooth replacement and other restorations. Contact our oral surgery practice in Pueblo, CO to meet with one of our skilled specialists to see if ridge preservation is the right solution for you.
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"I highly recommend this office. The girls up front were super nice from the moment I walked in. The staff was great as well. Cassie and Dr Bailey explained everything thoroughly before the procedure, and turned a scary thing into a walk in the park. If I ever need more work this is definitely the place to go."- J.M. / Google / Dec 31, 2021
"Receptionists were nice, office seemed clean. The surgeon I had was top notch! He explained everything to me thoroughly and professionally. Answered my questions patiently and as far as I can tell did a swell job. He had *excellent* bedside manner and i cannot stress how important I find that. The gal (not sure of her name or title) who got me hooked up to the machines was nice and when we got to the medical side extremely professional. Only complaint is the masking, I get it I guess (though they dig around in your unconscious, unmasked mouth), but I still hate not seeing people's faces. I would 100% recommend them to anyone needing wisdom tooth extraction and I imagine they are just as great with their other services."- J.A. / Google / Dec 30, 2021
Who Is a Candidate for Ridge Preservation?
Ideal candidates are individuals who have a single tooth or multiple teeth that need to be extracted due to severe decay or damage from a traumatic injury. Teeth should be immediately replaced right after an extraction to prevent bone loss in the jaw and other issues like shifting teeth. Dental implants are metal brackets or screws that are placed in the jawbone to restore missing teeth but there needs to be sufficient bone mass in order to secure them properly and maintain long-term oral health. This is why our specialists recommend ridge preservation to converse bone tissue and gums for the future placement of dental implants and false teeth. When you visit our Pueblo practice, we will perform a thorough examination to create a custom treatment plan for you.
How Is Ridge Preservation Performed?
Ridge preservation is performed in conjunction with a tooth extraction as bone grafts need to be placed right after a tooth is removed. Our seasoned oral and maxillofacial surgeons have extensive experience and success with performing bone grafts for the preservation of one's smile. To start this procedure, the treatment area will be fully numbed and sedation methods will be incorporated (if needed) to ensure optimal comfort. The designated tooth or teeth will then be removed and the bone graft will be promptly placed to fill the socket left be behind from your extraction. There are several different types of grafts that can be used and tissue regeneration materials may also be placed to stimulate optimal healing and bone fusion. Once this is complete, sutures will be placed and the mouth will be gently rinsed with protective mouthwash.
What to Expect After Socket Preservation Surgery
After your socket preservation surgery, our team will review all post-operative instructions and at-home care protocols with you before you leave our office. Our caring team takes great pride in properly educating our patients on how to care for their smile after their surgery to speed up their recovery and achieve the best results possible. We will usually send you home with a prescription or bottle of medicated mouthwash that should be used as directed to help prevent infection and aid in healing. Swelling and discomfort is normal and can be eased with over-the-counter pain medication and/or cold compresses. We will evaluate your progress during your follow-up to determine when it's appropriate for dental implant surgery.
Does INsurance Cover Ridge Preservation Bone Grafts?
Our caring team will reach out to your insurance provider to confirm your benefits and coverage plan. All dental packages are different, which means coverage will vary from patient to patient. We will work with you to help make your treatment more affordable by providing information about medical financing through CareCredit® and scheduling flexible payment plans. We work diligently to help make oral care affordable for all of our patients.
Prepare for Future Dental Implants
Ridge preservation is necessary to protect the integrity and structure of the jawbone for future restorations and should be performed immediately following a tooth extraction. If you have a tooth that needs to be extracted and wish to maintain the overall health and look of your smile, we invite you to call our office in Pueblo, CO to schedule a consultation today. When you visit with our team at Oral Surgery Specialists of Pueblo, we will take our time to review your condition carefully and discuss all your options to help restore your smile.