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Ridge Modification in Allen

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The teeth do not simply “sit” in the jawbone. A closer look reveals that they are actually supported by the gums and bone that surround them. When a tooth goes missing, whether due to advanced periodontal disease, decay, or injury, a patient will likely want to have it replaced, often with dental implants. In order for this treatment to be viable, the ridge, or the bone that supports a tooth, needs to be nice and strong. It will naturally start to shrink and weaken after a tooth has gone missing, so to make sure it is sturdy enough to hold an implant, Dr. Fatima Robertson may choose to perform what is called a ridge modification.

The purpose of this treatment is to reshape and strengthen the bone that holds up a tooth in order to make it a good place for a dental implant. Dr. Robertson will place a synthetic bone grafting material directly on the area to stimulate new bone growth, and after a few months of healing, a patient should be ready for implant placement.