Ridge augmentation is really a key thing in planning for dental implants. When there's not enough bone, and we try to put implants in, and a lot of the failures I see that come from other offices, that's generally the case as to why they fail. They didn't plan well, and there wasn't enough bone. They didn't spend the time enough developing enough of the ridge to host the implants.
I find, and other successful implants dentists find, that as long as there's plenty of bone there, implants are 100% successful. They never fail. When they fail, it's usually a result of not enough bone. If you don't have enough bone, then you need a back-up, and add bone. There's a lot of different ways we can augment the ridge and graft bone in that allows us then later to put a successful implant in.
Very often we'll place an implant, and we'll augment the ridge at the same time. The other time that we often do it is when we extract a tooth. If we know we're going to come back and deal with an implant, when we take the tooth out, we're going to augment the ridge and add bone to that area so that when it heals there's plenty of jawbone to put the implant in that's really simple.
Dr. Gleave provides ridge augmentation to correct any issues or deformities in your jaw and prepare the bone for dental implants. You could have jaw issues caused by an accident, gum disease, missing teeth for an extended period of time, or even genetics.
At Rod Gleave, DMD, our Salt Lake City, UT dentist will address your jaw problems and provide comfortable treatment to get your smile back on track. Call 801-747-8531 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Gleave today.
Improving Your Health And Appearance With Ridge Augmentation
Ridge augmentation is primarily used by Dr. Gleave to strengthen your smile. He uses bone grafting to accomplish this. Bone grafting involves using actual bone or a bone-like material to benefit your smile in a variety of ways, including:
- The growth of new bone in your jaw, which enhances your oral health and overall health
- Strengthening your jaw so you can receive dental implants, which allow you to smile more confidently and comfortably chew any foods you want
- Improving the appearance of your jawline
Providing Ultimate Comfort During Your Procedure
Many people fear visiting the dentist due to dental anxiety. Some are even afraid to come in for a simple cleaning, and we completely understand why. That’s why our team makes sure each and every patient feels welcomed and fully relaxed while they’re with us.
In addition to comfortable operatories equipped with TVs, we offer safe dental sedation options to ensure you feel zero stress or discomfort. These options include:
- Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) to ease any tension you’re experiencing
- Oral sedation, which puts you in a drowsier, fully soothed state
- IV sedation to allow you to sleep peacefully during your entire procedure
Dr. Gleave has received advanced training from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the Misch Implant Institute, among others, and is highly qualified to perform this oral surgery procedure. He is ready to provide the stronger smile you need.