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Ridge Preservation Procedure After Tooth Extraction in San Diego

After a tooth is extracted, your body begins to remodel and repair itself. As a result, soft tissue and bone can be lost significantly, resulting in a poor bone foundation for future dental implant placement. It may also become more expensive, invasive, and time-consuming to build the bone back up. Because gum tissue contours are supported by the underlying bone, loss of bone can lead to depressions or unevenness within the ridge. Ridge preservation is a type of bone grafting procedure that rebuilds bone where an extraction has left an empty socket. It is recommended to have a ridge preservation procedure performed at the time of an extraction to help preserve the bony support and ridge contour, especially if you are considering dental implants.

Benefits of ridge preservation include:

  • Preserves bone tissue after the loss of a tooth
  • Prevents the collapsing of the bone and soft tissue in the teeth sockets
  • Minimally invasive with minimal discomfort
  • Prepares the site for future placement of a dental implant
  • Maintains the esthetics of the ridge, especially for the front of the mouth
  • Preserves a natural looking smile

To determine whether ridge preservation is the right treatment for you, please call us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kwok