Ridge Preservation Overview
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 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.
"I had two wisdom teeth removed on my visit. #32 was partially impacted and #1 was not erupted/exposed. Dr. Steuer and his staff were very thorough and explained the what my procedure was going to entail. The entire process was stress free and was a pleasant experience. Dr. Steuer and his staff were very friendly. I would recommend Dr. Steuer to anyone looking for an oral surgeon."- S.M. / Healthgrades / Mar 12, 2020
"My wife had an emergency, they took care of her right away. Explained everything including the charges which were fair. The staff were friendly and answered every question we had. They really helped to put my wife at ease during a stressful time. Office was very clean, and modern looking. Very impressed"- J.W. / Yelp / Feb 24, 2020
"Friendly and professional staff. Answered all questions until we felt comfortable with the procedure and followed up with us at home later to assure everything was okay... Would recommend to others anytime."- K.S. / Google / Feb 21, 2020
"I really appreciate how Dr. Ringer bent over backwards to help my daughter - we had a series of conflicts that made it look impossible to get her into the office in a timely manner and Dr. Ringer's office really worked with us -- for that we are most grateful.Additionally, my daughter is atypical and was stressing about having her mouth worked on - the Dr and staff treated her with kindness and gentleness and were attentive to her needs along with any concerns or questions I and her father had about the procedure.The procedure was quick and he performed it with unspeakable proficiency. He and his staff were thorough with their aftercare instructions and genuinely interested in her recovery. Dr. Ringer later called me to check up on how she was doing and praised her for how well she held it together. He also made sure that I had emergency contact info in case we had more questions or if my daughter were to have any issues at all with her aftercare. We are very pleased with this practice and certainly recommend Dr. Ringer's office to anyone needing oral surgery."- S.T. / Google / Feb 21, 2020
"Dr. Eric Ringer was our surgeon for my daughters procedure today. At our first visit/consultation he explained everything wonderfully and answered the questions we had.He and his nurses were wonderful and reassuring to her. She was a terrified 12 yr old. This was her first surgery ever and Dr. Ringer took amazing care and time with her. He even got in contact with us later in the day to make sure her day one recovery was going well. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience for our family."- K.C. / Google / Feb 21, 2020
Best Candidates 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.
What to Expect with Ridge Preservation
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.
Ridge Preservation Recovery
After your 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.
Ridge Preservation Insurance Coverage
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.
Alveolar Ridge Preservation
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.