Ridge Preservation: A Bone Graft After Tooth Extractions
Ridge preservation procedures from our highly trained team of general dentists can help preserve the jawbone structure following a tooth extraction. This process offers several advantages, including how it prepares the foundational support in your jaw for a future dental implant and helps maintain facial structure and contour following the loss of a tooth. Immediately after a tooth extraction, a ridge preservation procedure adds a special bone graft material to fill the empty socket. The filling substance can help to promote the regrowth of bone in the socket and prevent the collapse and shrinkage of the bone. If you need a tooth extraction, contact Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics in Wyomissing and Reading, PA to learn more information about ridge preservation and how it can be beneficial to you.
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Is Ridge Preservation Right for You?
Candidates for a ridge preservation procedure are often those who need to have teeth extracted due to decay, damage, or gum (periodontal) disease. It is also often recommended for patients who wish to replace an extracted tooth with a future dental implant. Bone grafting after extraction can reduce the bone atrophy that generally occurs following the extraction. It can also minimize the need for a bone graft at a later date. Ridge preservation procedures can also help maintain a natural, youthful shape to the face and jaw after tooth loss. Before performing an extraction, our team will evaluate your overall oral health needs and determine if you are a good candidate for ridge preservation bone grafting after an extraction procedure.
What to Expect During Treatment
Ridge preservation will be performed in our office immediately following the extraction of a tooth. To prepare your mouth, our team will administer a local anesthetic and can provide sedation dentistry services if preferred to enhance your general comfort. Once your tooth is extracted with care, and to preserve the bone as much as possible, we will perform the ridge preservation process by filling the empty socket left behind by your tooth roots with the bone grafting material. The area might then be covered with a mesh barrier material or infused with tissue regeneration factors to enhance healing and regrowth of tissue in the extraction site. Sutures will then be placed, and your mouth will be given time to heal.
Recovery Following a Bone Graft and Tooth Extraction
Specific recovery instructions will be provided following your bone graft and tooth extraction procedure. You may notice minor tenderness or swelling that can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers if necessary. A second appointment at our practice may also be required so that our team can evaluate your healing process and determine when your jaw is ready for a dental implant.
Insurance Coverage for Bone Grafting
To learn if bone grafting for an implant procedure is covered by dental insurance, our financial team can perform a complimentary benefits analysis. At Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics, we strive to make dental care as affordable as possible for our patients and their families. Our practice is a provider for a number of dental insurance plans and takes a multitude of easy payment options, including interest-free financing.
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Preserve the Health of Your Smile
When tooth extraction is necessary, our team is here to help preserve the health of your smile. A ridge preservation procedure at Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics fills the socket left behind by tooth roots and creates a solid foundation for your future dental implant. To find out more information about ridge preservation bone grafting after a tooth extraction, get in touch with our offices in Wyomissing and Reading, PA to schedule an appointment with our highly trained general dentists.